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Frankie Young

Frankie Young

Assistant Professor
DepartmentLincoln Alexander School of Law
Areas of ExpertiseIndigenous law; Indigenous governance and economic development; Indigenous trusts, forms of business organization and commercial law; Mi’kmaw identity; Mi’kmaw philanthropy.

Prior to entering academia Frankie (Frances) Young practiced law in the area of Indigenous trusts, business law, secured transactions, commercial law, and litigation funding. She also served as the Regional Vice President for RBC Indigenous Trust Services in western Canada. She is passionate about education around the legal, socio-political and economic issues that impact the Indigenous peoples of Canada. Her research explores how to provide a pathway for Indigenous communities to become self-sustaining through various economic development initiatives, more particularly how Indigenous communities can improve socio-economic well-being without compromising culture, law and tradition. 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 related to legal reform for Indigenous economic development, Mi’kmaq philanthropy, Indigenous economic well-being, Indigenous self-governance, and Mi’kmaw identity. As a mixed-race scholar with both Mi’kmaw and English ancestry, she has spent years examining the impacts of assimilation and colonization on the Mi’kmaq peoples of Ktaqmkuk, her home region.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Beaver v Hill: Positioning Indigenous Law in the Legally Pluralistic State of Canada” (2021) vol 6(1) Cambridge Law Review 30.

“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     University of Ottawa 2021
LLM (Master of Laws) University of Saskatchewan 2018
JD (Juris Doctor)     University of Saskatchewan 2015