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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. Tim is a also a traditional Métis wisdom carrier, spiritual helper, storyteller, writer and published author. He is the author/illustrator of two enlightening books that share Kitchizibi (Ottawa River) Métis Wisdom and Algonquin Worldview. (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 traditional Métis guide, teacher and spiritual helper today. It is a must read about the traditional beliefs of thunderbird medicine ways and the ancient practices of circumpolar bird shamanism. Tim is currently working on his third book about the mysterious "Loup Garou" - the werewolf - and the wild shamans of the Mattawa River once believed by superstitious voyageurs to be evil shapeshifters.
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 the wilderness. Tim creates awareness about ancient medicine ways for wellness through his guided Thunderbird Mountain Tours, traditional bird shaman work, storytelling, presentations, his writing 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.
A passionate presenter about the "hybrid nature" of Métis Wisdom and Worldview, Tim is a powerful public speaker and an enlightening educator. He currently resides in Kingston, Ontario, but travels to spend time in the Madawaska Highlands and also in his home territory of the Ottawa and Mattawa rivers. Journeys begin where spirits meet.