Tim Yearington is a Métis person of French-Canadian-Voyageur and Algonquin ancestry. His ancestors are from the Kitchizibi (Great River) territory which today is the Ottawa River Valley. In addition to being an Métis-Algonquin knowledge keeper and vision quest guide, Tim is a thunderbird medicine carrier, an educator, teacher, storyteller, writer and is also a published author. From 2016 to 2018 Tim worked as an Indigenous Elder for Correctional Services Canada in Kingston, Ontario.
Tim attended Sheridan College in Toronto to study illustration. After graduating he moved to Ottawa and started working in the graphic design and advertising industry. A few years later he decided to try working for himself and became a professional freelance illustrator.
While experiencing personal challenges, Tim realized he needed to find his lost Native roots. Guided by the spirits of his ancestors, he learned about the teachings of the manitous, the medicine wheel and the power of the thunderbirds. Encouraged by this he followed his personal vision and blazed a trail that lead to sharing Algonquin knowledge with others.
Tim's book That Native Thing: Exploring the Medicine Wheel was published in 2010 by Borealis Press in Ottawa. Illustrated by his artwork this book has helped many people learn how to utilize a more circular, wholistic way to wellness by embracing Indigenous teachings. Tim's second book, Quest for the Thunderbird Nest , the true story of his own personal journey, is currently being published by Borealis Press in Ottawa, Canada, and will hopefully be ready by the fall of 2018.
Tim uses his rock-solid foundation of Algonquin knowledge to empower people and help them find direction within their life by learning how to do personal vision quests on the land at sacred sites in the wilderness. Tim also shares traditional Algonquin knowledge teachings through empowering presentations, storytelling and speaking engagements.
Tim has seasoned experience working with people from all around the world. He has taught educators, teachers and students and still gives presentations at colleges and universities. He has taught Algonquin ‘medicine ways’ to counsellors, social workers, psychologists, mental health workers, doctors, nurses and health care providers.
Tim is a wise and experienced vision quest guide. He is an enlightening educator of traditional Algonquin knowledge and thunderbird medicine. He resides in Kingston, Ontario, but also travels to spend much time in his home Kitchizibi territory along the Upper Ottawa River.
For more detailed information please read Tim's Path.