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Tim Yearington is a registered citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) and is a mixed-blood man of Métis voyageur, French-Canadian, Algonquin and Huron/Wendat ancestry. His ancestors are from the Kitchizibi (Great River) region which today is known as the Ottawa River Valley. Initially a Métis artist and wilderness guide, he eventually grew into being a traditional knowledge keeper, educator and public speaker. Today as a thunderbird - a spiritual helper - Tim is a Métis wisdom carrier, knowledge keeper, storyteller, writer and book author. He is the author/illustrator of two enlightening books that share Kitchizibi Métis traditional worldview and Algonquin 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 the teachings of the manitous (spirits), the four directions and the powerful medicine of the thunderbirds. Encouraged by all this he followed his personal vision and blazed a teaching trail that lead to sharing the hybrid nature of Métis spiritual knowledge with others seeking to know their identity too. As a result, Tim worked for two years with Correctional Service Canada (at Millhaven Maximum Security Prison) as a Métis elder and spiritual advisor. Then he worked at Queen's University as a Métis elder and knowledge keeper within the Office of Indigenous Initiatives and as an Indigenous curricular innovator within the Faculty of Health Sciences. Tim also worked as a Métis cultural advisor/elder with Indigenous students from all across Canada at the Royal Military College in Kingston.  

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 Métis Wisdom and Algonquin Worldview. 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 medicine and guidance of the thunderbirds and shares how he became a Métis thunderbird (bird shaman), a spiritual helper, a guide and a teacher today. It is a must read about the practices and beliefs of traditional thunderbird medicine ways and ancient bird shamanism. Tim is currently working on his third book about the strange, spiritual medicine ways once practiced by the mysterious, shapeshifting shamans - thought to be werewolves - of the Mattawa River area.

Tim uses his rock-solid foundation of traditional Métis wisdom to assist everyone. He helps people find direction in life through traditional practices and teachings outdoors in nature. Tim passionately creates awareness about ancient, traditional practices and medicine ways for wellness through his guided Thunderbird Mountain Tours, thunderbird nest journeys, traditional healing work, presentations, 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 Métis Wisdom and Algonquin traditional knowledge to counsellors, social workers, psychologists, therapists, mental health workers, doctors, nurses and health care providers.

An enlightening presenter about the hybrid nature of Métis traditional knowledge, Tim is a powerful public speaker and educator. He currently resides in Kingston, Ontario, but travels to work and spend time in the Madawaska Highlands and also in his home Kitchizibi region of the Ottawa and Mattawa rivers. Journeys begin where spirits meet.

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