Tansi! My name is Justin Bear L’Arrivee. I am of mixed Cree and Scottish ancestry from Peguis First Nation (Maternal) and a citizen of the Manitoba Métis Federation (Paternal). I’m an arts administrator, facilitator, and community worker who’s passionate about revitalizing Indigenous ways of being through arts and culture.
With a focus on program development, community projects, and youth mentorship, my journey has been driven by a deep commitment to empowering and uplifting Indigenous voices. My practice is firmly rooted in community needs, and is deeply informed both by my work within the child-welfare & disability systems and in the artist-run centre sector.
My goal is to build decolonial spaces that foster Indigenous creativity, challenge oppressive systems, and build momentum for the next generation of Indigenous artists.