The primary mandate of the Last Post Fund is to deliver the Veterans Affairs Canada Funeral and Burial Program. Their goal is to ensure no Veteran is denied a dignified funeral and burial, as well as military gravestone.
The organization provides a range of services, including the Unmarked Grave Program and the Indigenous Veterans Initiative. Both initiatives require extensive research, community support, and funding.
The Unmarked Grave Program provides a permanent military marker for eligible Veterans who lie in unmarked graves, whose grave has not had a permanent headstone or foot marker for five years or more, and who have not previously received funeral and burial funding from the Last Post Fund or Veterans Affairs Canada.
The Indigenous Veterans Initiative commemorates the memory of over 18,000 Indigenous Veterans, many of whom are thought to lie in unmarked graves. This program has two components, Indigenous Unmarked Graves and Indigenous Traditional Name Marking. Indigenous Unmarked Graves provides grave markers to Indigenous Veterans deceased for over five years and in unmarked graves. The Indigenous Traditional Name Marking initiative adds traditional names of Indigenous veterans to existing military grave markers.
Read more about the Last Post Fund here: https://www.lastpostfund.ca/