Tanaya Beatty was born on February 12, 1991 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Beatty's mother is of Da'naxda'xw First Nations descent and her Father of Himalayan descent, but was adopted and raised by an Italian family. Beatty spent her childhood living in the interior of British Columbia, including Midway, Nelson, and Grand Forks.
In December 2010, Beatty graduated from the Vancouver Film School, successfully completing the full-time Essentials and Acting Program. Prior to this, she earned a certificate from a social work program.