Chelsey Tyler Johnson has been in the position of Communications Manager with the OFNTSC since May 2019. She is a member of the Bear Clan of the Oneida Nation. Growing up in Six Nations of the Grand River, Chelsey was able to develop a strong connection with her people and her Haudenosaunee culture. As a result she has dedicated much of her life to improving education outcomes for Indigenous youth; whether through her volunteer work on the Ontario First Nations Young Peoples Council (2014-2015), or her career work at Six Nations Polytechnic (2015-2019). Chelsey believes that education is the key to a successful future, not only for Indigenous youth, but for all Canadians.
Her connection to her culture and interest in education led Chelsey to write a Major Research Paper titled “Empathic Traditions: How Indigenous Knowledge and New Media can Save the Earth,” in which she explored the myriad Indigenous cultures that demonstrate a unique way of relating to the natural world and how these relationships can help society shift their perspective when it comes to interacting with Mother Earth. Chelsey is passionate about protecting and preserving the environment and has been active in her home community advocating for more sustainable practices.
Chelsey completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at McMaster University. She holds a Master’s in Communications and New Media, as well as a Combined Honours BA in Communications and Theatre & Film. As such she has always been a proud supporter of the arts and was raised in a very musical and artistic household. Chelsey took vocal, drum, and piano lessons throughout her youth and has been an avid listener of jazz music long before she was able to program the jazz station into her car at the age of 16. Chelsey also grew up taking dance classes and has over ten years of combined experience in tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, ballroom, and latin dance styles.
Chelsey also serves on the Board of Directors for Plenty Canada and the TD Niagara Jazz Festival.