Cindy was born in Fort Smith to a family of 11 children. Her family has lived in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo for generations. She has been a member of the McMurray Métis since moving to Fort McMurray in 1990. When she was a child, Cindy’s family lived at Embarras Portage along the Athabasca River, where her father worked for Swanson’s Lumber Company. Cindy has canoed the Athabasca River from Fort McMurray to Fort Chipewyan several times with her family and takes great pride in retracing the path of her ancestors.
Cindy and her husband, Alcide, and their four children are harvesters and trappers. They have four grandchildren.