Chelsey Branch is a white woman of Irish and English ancestry. She lives in East Vancouver on Coast Salish territory.
She has a master's degree in international development, and has taught and conducted research in several international contexts, including work with an Indigenous women’s community development organization in Bolivia. She is passionate about social justice and, in particular, cultural competency as a vehicle for transforming the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Branch has worked in the field of education for the last 10 years, including classroom teaching, train-the-trainer sessions, cultural competency workshops, and several community events. Her work has taken her from public-school teaching to university teaching and community development overseas and full circle to her current work educating other non-Indigenous people about our shared history and our role in building a new relationship as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
While facilitating multiple groups, Branch also works full-time for the Provincial Health Services Authority's Indigenous Cultural Competency Training Program.