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Georgina Papin’s Vigil at Crab Park in Vancouver

Friends and family members of Georgina Faith Papin gathered to honor her memory at Crab Park on Tuesday Sept 21, 2010

Georgina Faith Papin

March 11, 1964 – March 21, 1999

Internment on September 25, 2010 at Our Lady of Seven Sorrows

To be buried next to her mother Maggie Alice Papin

Georgina was a woman who cherished her Native identity. Having two given names of “Little Feather and “Red Road Woman”, she arranged the naming ceremony for her oldest daughter, Kristina, in the summer of 1998. She was also a pow wow dancer. Her strongest passion was saved for her 7 children, which she was very active in their lives. She was an advocate, working with both elders and inmates.  Georgina was president of the Native Sisterhood at BCCW. Georgina was important to any community she was part of, leaving a legacy of honest sincerity.  Giving, supporting, kindness made up her personality, where friendship was important, and keeping a strong sense of integrity.

Vigil Agenda

September 21, 2010, Crab Park, Vancouver, British Columbia

Opening Prayer:  Audrey Rivers – Squamish Nation

Dorothy Visser – Saddlelake First Nation

Opening Drum/Song:  Buffalo Spirit Drummers Group

C.J. Julien with Old Hands

Speakers:  Cynthia Cardinal

Alana Papin

Bonnie Fowler

Kristina Bateman Papin

Maggie De Vries  – Sister to Sarah De Vries

Sandra Ganon – Sister to Janet Gail Henry

Troy Boen ( son of Yvonne Boen – “The Denied 20”

Mabel Todd – Elder for Walk4Justice

Open Mic:   Honour the memory of Georgina Faith Papin

Closing Prayer: To Be Announced

Acknowledgement:  Amnesty International – Don Wright, Gloria Larocque, Battered Women’s Support Services, Marlene George, Native Women’s Association of Canada, Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House

Below is a photo and video of Christina Cardinal (sister of Georgina Papin) speaking

Kristina Bateman Papin – oldest daughter of Georgina Papin

Old Hands

  1. karen tsang
    September 27, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Thank you for covering Georgina Papin’s memorial service. Though I did not know her myself, I mourned the loss of an important member of our community. I was especially touched by the words of her daughter, who said that she knew that her mom loved her by sending her to live with her family when she could not give her daughter the best of care herself. May Georgina’s friends and family carry her spirit and share it with the rest of us, in peace.

  2. October 17, 2011 at 2:02 am

    This post is fantastic !

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