Kayla Lariviere: Saint Boniface--Saint Vital

Kayla Lariviere: Saint Boniface--Saint Vital

Kayla Lariviere is currently in her third year studying a double major of Criminology and Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. Her goal is to complete her Bachelor of Arts and attend law school; where she can pursue, a career working with Indigenous people in the legal system. Lariviere is a role model in her positions as an Indigenous Student Ambassador, and mentor at the university. She is a member of the Indigenous Circle of Empowerment where she demonstrates drive, determination, and leadership both on and off the university campus. In November 2018, she took part in a “Bannock and Backpacks” campaign which she helped put together 100 backpacks for people living in poverty in Winnipeg’s inner-city. She works hard to push for reconciliation as both an Indigenous and visible minority woman. Lariviere was the Chair of Governance for the University of Manitoba Indigenous Students’ Association where she advocated for Indigenous language revitalization from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s number #16 Call to Action. She holds a student position at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation in the Education and Outreach Programming Unit where she delivers presentations to visitors of the centre. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the national magazine Contemporary Verse 2: The Canadian Journal of Poetry and Critical Writing, whose office is in Downtown Winnipeg. Outside of her busy schedule she works as a dance teacher to share her passion of dance to children in her community.