Tim Yearington is a mixed-blood of French-Canadian-Voyageur/Métis 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 traditional knowledge keeper and presenter, Tim is a thunderbird; a shaman. In this work he is a guide, teacher and healer. He is also a storyteller, a writer and a published author of two helpful books (see below) about Algonquin traditional knowledge.
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 four directions and the power of the thunderbirds. Encouraged by this he followed his personal vision and blazed a trail that lead to sharing traditional knowledge with others. Tim worked for two years with Correctional Service Canada as an Elder and Spiritual Advisor. He worked at Queen's University as an Elder and Knowledge Keeper within the Office of Indigenous Initiatives and as an Indigenous Curricular Innovator within the Faculty of Health Sciences.
Tim's first 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 Algonquin teachings. Tim's second book Quest for the Thunderbird Nest - Returning to Algonquin Spirituality was published in 2019. It is the true life story detailing his own journey of becoming a thunderbird; a spiritual helper. This book too was published by Borealis Press.
Tim uses his rock-solid foundation of traditional knowledge to assist all people. He helps them find direction within their life by learning how to embrace the teachings and practices at sacred sites outside on the land. Tim creates awareness about the thunderbird nest through teachings, talks, storytelling, guided walks and vision quests in the wilderness.
Tim has seasoned experience working with people from all around the world. He has taught fellow educators, teachers and students. He often speaks at schools, colleges and universities. He has taught Algonquin traditional knowledge to counsellors, social workers, psychologists, mental health workers, doctors, nurses and health care providers.
Tim is a powerful educator and public speaker. He is an enlightening teacher of Algonquin traditional knowledge. He resides in Kingston, Ontario, but still travels to spend personal time out on the land within his home Kitchizibi Territory along the Upper Ottawa River in Ontario.
For more detailed information about Tim please read Tim's Trail.