Chelsey Johnson

Communications Manager

Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation

Meet Chelsey:

Chelsey Johnson is Ohkwa:lí (bear) clan, Onʌyota’a:ká: (Oneida) from Southern Ontario. She comes from a long line of Oneida women in the matrilineal society of the Haudenosaunee and resides in Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation. She holds a Combined Honours Bachelor Degree in Communication and Theatre & Film, as well as a Master of Arts in Communication and New Media from McMaster University.

In her graduate studies, Chelsey’s Major Research Paper titled “Empathic Traditions: How Indigenous Knowledge and New Media can Save the Earth,” 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 began work in her home community as the Communications Officer for the Six Nations Elected Council in June 2014. Here she gained valuable experience responding under high-pressure situations to community emergencies while keeping communication open, clear, and effective. During her year at Elected Council, Chelsey also served as a youth representative for the Ontario First Nations Young Peoples Council – a regional youth council that represents the youth of all First Nations in Ontario.

Soon thereafter, Chelsey began working at Six Nations Polytechnic (SNP) as a consultant for the Indigenous Knowledge Centre and was quickly promoted within the organization to the role of Communications Officer. During her tenure at Six Nations Polytechnic, Chelsey oversaw the rebranding of the entire organization, which included the development of a new website, logo, and brand identity. As part of the Senior Management team at SNP, she was able to provide strategic advice and direction resulting in the organization being featured in multiple national media articles as well as a cover story in Maclean’s Magazine’s 2019 Education issue.

In her current role as the Communications Manager for the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation, Chelsey again executed a complete re-branding strategy for the organization, which has resulted in communications with key stakeholders improving by over 80%. Chelsey manages public relations which resulted in favorable media coverage for the corporation in national outlets such as the Toronto Star, and TVO.

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