William grew up on Christian Island, Georgian Bay home of the Beausoleil First Nation People and currently resides in Midland, Ontario. The self taught artist left his Beausoliel First Nation reserve on Christian Island in the 70’s and 80’s travelling the Pow Wow circuit to sell native art. Soon after his three daughters Wausa, Wabie and Awasis were born.
On the Pow Wow trail original paintings, carvings and quill work were acquired by curators seeking native art. The Washington Museum of Fine Art, Turtle Art Gallery in New York, Royal Ontario Museum and Whetung’s Art Gallery among others. During the Alberta and British Columbia shows in the 1980’s William was awarded Most Unique Native Artist.