Cynthia

Cynthia works tirelessly as a member of the National Family Advisory circle that brings together families of Robert Picktons’ victims and to make changes in the system that failed them, this is her sisters story.

Her laugh was infectious and once you heard it, you couldn’t help but laugh along with her. She was kind, outgoing and generous with her heart and she took every opportunity to teach others of her culture. She loved to play the guitar and sing and she had a talent for making everyone feel like they were the most important person in the room.

Sadly, life was not kind to her. At the tender age of one, she was taken from her home and placed in foster care. For the next 11 years, she was shuffled through the foster care system, suffering abuse and neglect until she couldn’t take it anymore. She ran away when she was 12 years old. Out on the streets without her family or anyone to care about her, she was forced to learn a life no one would ever dream of wanting. She kept her pain hidden away, locked inside, never to have the life she should’ve had.

She was a proud Cree woman who was a member of the Enoch Cree First Nation west of Edmonton AB. She was a mother of 7 children and she wished for them to have the chances in life she never had. She always kept in contact with her daughter and siblings, so when the calls suddenly stopped and she disappeared March of 1999, they knew something was wrong.

July 2002, her family received the dreaded phone call letting them know they had found her. As part of an ongoing investigation, the police found her remains at the pig farm of Canadian serial killer Robert Pickton. After almost a yearlong trial, Pickton was convicted of murdering 26 women, even though he had confessed to murdering 49.

Almost 20 years later, her family is constantly told to get over it and move on, but they can’t, because time will never heal injustice…

Her name was Georgina Faith Papin…

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— with Cynthia Cardinal and Lorna Dancey.