Moving Towards Increasing Humanization & Self-Determination

On Wednesday, April 27th, 2011, in our final Learning Circle of Spring 2011, Bill Mussell from the Sal’i’shan Institute will discuss mental health with the UBC Learning Circle.

Topic:  Movement Towards Increasing Humanization and Self-Determination

1.  To present an Aboriginal perspective of mental health and addiction
challenges that inform efforts to find strategies for individual and social
2.  The gradual transformation in the relationship between government and
Aboriginal peoples that have skillfully adapted to an imposed worldview while
also relying upon their traditional, values, beliefs and practices is featured
in the process.
3.  Core values and assumptions that are keys to our survival and how they may
guide the practice of health, education, justice and social service
professionals will be explored.

It is a story about movement towards increasing humanization and self-determination.

William J. (Bill) Mussell: Sto:lo Social Worker, Educator, M.H. Leader

Bill has been chairman of the Native Mental Health Association of Canada for 17 years and is the principal educator/manager of the Sal’i’shan Institute, a private, post-secondary education organization that specializes in First Nations programming in health, mental health, social development, education, and governance. In 2004 he was named one of Canada’s top leaders in mental health, and in 2007 he was appointed Chair of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Advisory Committee for the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

He has conducted capacity building sessions regarding a range of education, mental health, health and social development topics such as child and family development, suicide, governance, and men’s wellness in Aboriginal contexts.


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