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Frankie Young

Frankie Young

Assistant Professor
DepartmentLincoln Alexander School of Law
Areas of ExpertiseIndigenous law, Indigenous governance and economic development, trusts, business law, banking and finance law, Indigenous identity

Frankie Young is an assistant professor in the Lincoln Alexander School of Law and the director of the Indigenous Economic Development Clinic. She has practiced law in the area of Indigenous trusts, business law, secured transactions, banking and finance law, and litigation funding. She has also served as the regional vice president for RBC Indigenous Trust Services in Western Canada.

Young is passionate about education around the legal, socio-political and economic issues that impact the Indigenous peoples of Canada. While economic reconciliation can provide a pathway for Indigenous peoples to become self-sustaining by improving their economic position, her research explores how Nations can do this on their own terms without compromising culture. To this end, her research asserts the legitimacy of Indigenous laws in Canada, a legally pluralistic state.

Young is currently involved in numerous research projects, including topics that cover legal reform for Indigenous economic development, Mi’kmaq philanthropy, Indigenous economic well-being, Indigenous self-governance, and Indigenous identity. As a Mi’kmaw/white settler and a member of Benoit First Nation on the southwest coast of Ktaqmkuk in Mi’kma’ki, she has spent years reconnecting with her Mi’kmaw culture and examining the history of the Mi’kmaq peoples of Ktaqmkuk.

When the Mi’kmaq, Innu and Inuit were left out of the Terms of Union in 1949, this resulted in serious social and economic consequences for the native peoples of that region. This oppressive history has been instrumental in motivating Frankie to examine the economic and legal policies that have had detrimental impacts on Indigenous communities globally. The objective of her research is to bring awareness to how Indigenous communities can improve socio-economic well-being without compromising culture, law and tradition.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Beaver v Hill: Positioning Indigenous Law in the Legally Pluralistic State of Canada” (2021) forthcoming in vol 6(1) Cambridge Law Review.

“Indigenous Economic Development and Sustainability: Maintaining the Integrity of Indigenous Culture in Corporate Governance” (2021) 17:1 McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law.

Etuaptmumk: Considering Trust Investment Principles Through the Lens of Two-Eyed Seeing” (2020) 40 Estates Trusts & Pensions Journal 97.

“A Trojan Horse: Can Self-Government be Promoted Within the Indian Act?” (2019) 97:3 Canadian Bar Review 697.

“Indigenous Settlement Trusts: Recharacterizing the Nature of Taxation” (2019) 24 Appeal 3.

Conference and Workshop Presentations (Selected)

“Protocols for Engaging in Indigenous Economic Development with First Nations” Justice Canada Prairie Region, Saskatoon, SK, April 2021.

Etuaptmumk: Considering Trust Investments Through the Lens of Two-Eyed Seeing,” Legal Reform for Indigenous Economic Growth Workshop, London, ON, August 2020.

“Indigenous Legal Orders: Lessons from Wet’suwet’en,” New Perspectives on Indigenous Private Law Conference, Co-Chair, Montreal, QC, December 2020.

“Indigenous Economic Development and Sustainability: Maintaining the Integrity of Indigenous Culture in Corporate Governance,” Daughters of the Themis International Quinquennial Conference, Instanbul, Turkey, October 2020.

“Indigenous Economic Development for First Nations in Canada,” Ivey Business School Sip and Speak Webinar, London, ON, July 2020.

“Working Around the Constraints of the Indian Act in Secured Property Transactions on First Nation Lands” Legal Reform for Indigenous Economic Growth International Workshop, Maui, Hawaii, March 2020.

Dean’s Research Fellowship, Western University Faculty of Law, 2020-21.

Laura Bassi Scholarship, Editing Press Inc., 2020.

Nicole L. Thornbury Award, University of Saskatchewan, 2014-2015.

Alastair M. Nicol Scholarship, University of Saskatchewan, 2014.

Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship, Government of Saskatchewan, 2014.

Degree Institution Year
PhD (Candidate)     University of Ottawa 2021
LLM (Master of Laws) University of Saskatchewan 2018
JD (Juris Doctor)     University of Saskatchewan 2015