Frankie Young

Member of Benoit First Nation on the west coast of Ktaqamkuk

Frankie Young

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law

Phone: 519-661-2111, ext. 87543

Kwe’, I am a member of Benoit First Nation on the west coast of Ktaqamkuk. It is my passion to bring to the legal academy important and critical legal research and teaching areas related to Indigenous economic development and self-government.

My life’s work involves finding ways to improve the economic position of Indigenous peoples in Canada and, in my view, this is a critical time for this to happen. As an educator I love to teach students about the first inhabitants and guardians of the land and resources in Canada and how Indigenous peoples are a critical part of the economic fabric in the Canadian market economy.

Indigenous entrepreneurs bring unique perspectives and creative talent and products to the market and coming generations will be important contributors to this end.

I choose legal education as the avenue to impart critical legal knowledge to our communities, scholars and policy makers on the ways in which the law either supports or inhibits Indigenous economic development.

Research Interests:

  • Indigenous economic development and self-government
  • Indigenous law

Research Partner, Legal Reform for Indigenous Economic Growth Project:

  • A multi-jurisdictional research initiative involving scholars from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States with a mandate to explore critical legal options for Indigenous economic growth and to make research readily accessible to scholars, lawyers and government and Indigenous policymakers


  • PhD candidate, University of Ottawa
  • J.D. and L.LM, University of Saskatchewan