Tim Yearington is a "mixed-blood" 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 Algonquin-Métis Indigenous knowledge keeper and presenter Tim is a thunderbird (traditional shaman), an educator, teacher, storyteller, writer and is also a published author. From 2016 to 2018 Tim worked as an Elder/Spiritual Advisor for Correctional Services Canada in Ontario. Today he now works for Queen's University as the Indigenous Curricular Innovation Coordinator with the Faculty of Health Sciences in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
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 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 personal journey of becoming a thunderbird shaman. This book, too, was published by Borealis Press in Ottawa, Canada
Tim uses his rock-solid foundation of Traditional Knowledge to assist people and help them find direction within their life by learning how to embrace the practices of shamanism at sacred sites in the wilderness. Tim also shares Algonquin "thunderbird medicine" teachings through storytelling, speaking engagements and empowerment presentations.
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 many counsellors, social workers, psychologists, mental health workers, doctors, nurses and health care providers.
Tim is an experienced guide and a wise educator. He is an enlightening shaman of Algonquin Traditional Knowledge and Thunderbird Medicine. He resides in Kingston, Ontario, but still travels to spend personal time within his home Kitchizibi Territory along the Upper Ottawa River.
For more detailed personal information please read Tim's Trail.