Chelsey Branch is a white settler of Irish and English ancestry. She lives as a guest on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations.
With a background in public education, and a master's degree in international development, Chelsey has had the opportunity to collaborate on many projects related to social justice. It was only after working with a women’s rights organization in Bolivia around issues of colonial injustice that she realized that some of the same patterns are a reality right here in Canada. This was a major eye-opener and catalyst for her own learning and the work she does now with other non-Indigenous people.
Over the last 10 years, Chelsey has worked in the area of Indigenous anti-racism, facilitating education for service providers across various systems. This work has been deeply personal and transformative for her, which she credits to many Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders, colleagues and friends. She is passionate about supporting learning for other non-Indigenous people and sees herself as a learner alongside this process. It is her honour and privilege to co-facilitate with Rain Daniels and collaborate on this important work.
Chelsey also works for the Provincial Health Services Authority's San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program.