Families of Robert Pickton victims react to his hospitalization

Convicted serial killer Robert Pickton was hospitalized with critical injuries after an attack in a Quebec prison on Sunday, and relatives of his victims have complicated feelings about the attack and the fact that he may not survive.

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) confirmed that Pickton was the victim of a “major assault,” although the circumstances and his current condition are unknown.

Cheam First Nation Chief Councilor Ernie Crey told CityNews he is still hearing the news.

His sister Dawn’s DNA was found at the Pickton farm after she disappeared in 2000.

Crey said that despite Pickton’s condition, “it’s over now. That’s all. For me it’s over. Although we cannot forget them. But for him it’s over.”

Crey took the time to reflect on the history and current crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people.

His feelings about Pickton aside, Crey said the public can’t forget victims like his sister across the country. “The other women are missing now.”

Tammy Lynn Papin says she “jumped” when she heard the news about her older sister Georgina’s killer.

Georgina’s remains were found on the Pickton farm and her murder is one of six for which Pickton was convicted of second-degree murder.

“They were happy. We are very happy,” Tammy Lynn told CityNews, speaking on behalf of the Papin family. “It’s like justice for us and for all the other families.”

Tammy Lynn says she regularly remembers her sister through prayer, a treasured photo of Georgina, talking to her, and making offerings of food and tobacco.

Pickton, 74, is serving a life sentence following his 2007 conviction.

He was arrested in 2002 during a major investigation centered on the disappearance of dozens of vulnerable women, mostly from Vancouver’s downtown east.

He was originally charged with 27 murders, but 21 of the charges were stayed and never came to trial.

The DNA of six other women was later found on his Port Coquitlam property.

—With files from Charlie Carey and Mike Lloyd

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