William “Bill” Helin

Tsimshian Norwegian Artist

Born 1960 Prince Rupert, BC

Artist / Designer / Cultural Storyteller


Bill spent most of his art career, which started in 1979, carving traditional Tsimshian wood carvings, jewelry and painting. Other Projects Have been Working with NASA and the Canadian Space Agency designing 3 mission patches and educational materials.


His art has evolved from creating large wood projects such as 40 foot Ravensong canoe in 1993 and working on the world’s tallest Totem pole 1994, to illustrating children’s story books.


Bill has worked with the Vancouver Board of Trade, as a member and artist in residence; and with Aboriginal Tourism, as director.

Since 2014 Bill has illustrated over 110 children’s Guided Reading books for Strong Nations in Nanaimo BC.

Bill is now working part-time doing Indigenous cultural drumming and canoe education presentations at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Center in Errington BC, writing and illustrating books, and spending time with family and friends.