William J Mussell (Bill) has over 40 years of experience working as a professional in probation and parole, adult education, college and university instruction, and senior management including Executive Director of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, founding chair of the Coqualeetza Cultural-Education Centre, co-founder of the Sal'i'shan Institute and its current Manager and Principal Educator, and President and Chair of the Native Mental Health Association of Canada.
His main academic teaching has been with U.B.C., Capilano College, Simon Fraser University, the Institute of Indigenous Government, and the Sal'i'shan Institute that gives priority to healing and personal and professional development in fields of health/mental health, addictions, and family education. His research experience has focused primarily upon Aboriginal social development, education, health, management and mental health issues.
Bill also has 45 years of experience doing volunteer work, including service on the executive of the North American Indian Brotherhood, treasurer and chair of the Vancouver Indian Friendship Centre, administrator, planner and chief of the Skwah Indian Band, member of founding board for the University College of the Fraser Valley, governor of the Fraser East Health Board, and other similar roles addressing legal and justice matters.
Bill is a member of the Skwah Band at Chilliwack Landing (Sto:lo territory). He was the first of his community to graduate from high school, and the first of his cultural territory to graduate from university. Bill is married and has two daughters. His wife Marion, an Oneida, works with him filling roles and responsibilities connected with the Sal'I'shan Institute and the Native Mental Health Association of Canada. They work out of their home situated next to the home base of his late parents.