Director of the Atlantic Indigenous Economic Development Integrated Research Program (AIEDIRP)
Jarvis was raised in We’koqma’q, Unama’kik, attended an Indian Day School from 1985 to 1993, and graduated from a Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey school. He holds degrees from Saint Mary’s University (cum laude), Dalhousie Law School, and is a non-practicing member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. He has worked as a human rights legal advisor for the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq and as a senior policy analyst with the Nova Scotia Office of Aboriginal (now L’nu) Affairs. He joined APC in July 2013 and went on to hold several positions in Health for over nine years. In September 2022, he accepted the role as the Director of AIEDIRP.
He has spoken and presented on numerous Indigenous topics, such as health, law, colonialism, assimilation, Indian Residential and Day Schools, Truth and Reconciliation, Peace and Friendship, and Mi’kmaw history, culture, and language. Some of the venues/audiences include Dalhousie Law School and Medical School, University of King’s College, the Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association, Girl Guides of Canada and Scouts Canada, churches, schools, and running groups, as well as to many media outlets. In 2009-2010, he led the development of the Donald Marshall Junior Memorial Award. In 2022, he was awarded the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal.
Jarvis sits on numerous boards/advisory committees, such as the Saint Mary’s University Advisory Council on Indigenous Affairs, the Indigenous Black and Mi’kmaw Initiative Advisory Committee, Global News Advisory Committee, and the North American Indigenous Games Cultural Advisory Committee.
He is an avid runner and completed several marathons to date (including the Boston Marathon and the Marine Corps Marathon in 2022). He also volunteers as a board director for the Blue Nose Marathon. He lives in Kjipuktuk/Dartmouth with his wife Kerrianne and their Shelties Looloo and Eevee.