Jarvis was raised in We’koqma’q, Unama’kik, attended an Indian Day School, 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 spoken and presented on Mi’kmaw history and culture, Peace and Friendship, and Truth and Reconciliation to numerous audiences. These include Dalhousie Law School and Medical School, the Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association, churches, schools, Girl Guides of Canada and Scouts Canada, and to regional and national media outlets.

He is available for speaking engagements and presentations.

He is also an avid and passionate runner, and recently ran the Boston Marathon. He volunteers on the management boards for both Run Nova Scotia as well as the Blue Nose Marathon. He lives in Kjipuktuk/Dartmouth with his wife Kerrianne and their Sheltie Looloo.