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The Indigenous Veterans Initiative: Finding Unmarked Graves

  • Published - 08/11/2023
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  • Posted By - Last Post Fund
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The Last Post Fund (LPF) is pleased to announce the launch of its short documentary film, The Indigenous Veterans Initiative: Finding Unmarked Graves.

The film showcases the work that the LPF’s Indigenous Veterans Initiative (IVI) has carried out in collaboration with Indigenous communities since its launch in 2019. It follows the journey of three Indigenous researchers based in different corners of Canada, as they share their process for finding the unmarked graves of Veterans in their community.

Specific to Saskatchewan, the film follows the work of Gloria LaPlante, a schoolteacher aid from Kawacatoose First Nation, who is committed to remembering the Veterans in her community.

Not only does LaPlante organize the community’s yearly Remembrance Day events, but she worked with the LPF to find the unmarked graves of more than ten Veterans. In the film we witness the installation of eight grave markers, with many families in attendance at the ceremony.

LaPlante was also particularly successful in helping find the traditional names of Indigenous Veterans in her community, allowing the LPF to add them to new and existing Veterans’ grave markers.

You can watch the film here