Tim Yearington is a mixed-blood man of Algonquin, Métis, French-Canadian and Irish ancestry. His ancestors are from Kitchizibi (Great River) territory which today is the Ottawa River Valley. Initially a Métis-Algonquin wilderness guide, eventually he grew into being a thunderbird, a traditional knowledge keeper, teacher and speaker. Tim is also an artist, storyteller, writer and author and is the published author/illustrator of two enlightening books that share Algonquin traditional worldview and spiritual knowledge. (See below)
As an adoptee struggling with the crushing life challenges of "identity loss" and perpetually pining for peace, 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 all this he followed his personal vision and blazed a teaching trail that lead to sharing Algonquin spiritual knowledge with others seeking to know their identity too. As a result Tim worked for two years with Correctional Service Canada as an Elder and Spiritual Advisor. He also 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 also published by Borealis Press in 2019. This true life story details Tim's own healing journey with the good medicine of the thunderbirds and also shares how he became a thunderbird (a shaman) who is a spiritual helper to people.
Tim uses his rock-solid foundation of traditional Algonquin knowledge to assist everyone. He helps people find direction within life by learning how to embrace the teachings and practices at medicine places outside on the land. Tim passionately creates awareness about traditional thunderbird knowledge through his guided wilderness hikes, medicine walks, teachings, presentations, talks, storytelling and author visits.
Tim has seasoned experience working with people from around the world. He has taught educators, professors, teachers and students alike. He often speaks at schools, colleges and universities. He has taught Algonquin traditional knowledge to counsellors, social workers, psychologists, therapists, mental health workers, doctors, nurses and health care providers.
An enlightening presenter of Algonquin traditional knowledge, Tim is a powerful educator and public speaker. He resides in Kingston, Ontario, but travels to spend much time in the Madawaska Highlands and his home Kitchizibi Territory of the Ottawa and Mattawa rivers.
For more detailed information about Tim please read Tim's Trail.