Deva is honoured in be a helper with NAN Hope Mental Health and Addiction program. She recently moved back to Treat 7 Territory, in Southern Alberta, the home of her Niitsitapi ( BlackFoot Confederacy) people. For her two children, Namayo and Siibii, to be closer to her family, Ceremony and to know the lands of their Piikani relatives.
Before this move, she lived in her partner’s home of Moose Factory, Ontario, since 2013, to immerse her children in their Moose Cree culture and tradition to begin their journey as successful James Bay harvesters.
Deva is a proud Hungarian/Blackfoot woman Aakii from Piikani First Nation in Southern Alberta, and her beliefs of wellness are guided through the Blackfoot saying “lyiikakimaat”, which tells us to try hard and encourages inner strength.
Deva holds a Master’s of Education degree in Counselling Psychology (UVIC’11) and is both a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario.
For many years she worked as a Child Wellness Clinician at Ministik Elementary school in Moose Factory, where she viewed her work with families and students as sacred work, in this work she created a counselling space that reflected the culture landscape of her Kin/Clients. Deva sees herself as a ‘creative helper’, as her Indigenous communities have always expressed themselves in Art; she has created many resources, where community can see themselves and their culture represented in.
Deva had the opportunity of being Indigenous Circle Chapter President (’19), which works to ensure Indigenous voices and world views are heard within the Canadian landscape of the counselling profession. In her work with children & youth she draws on play therapy, expressive therapies, and yoga practices as a vehicle through which children can freely explore their feelings all while feeling safe, respected and empowered. Deva has completed Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy certificate (JIBC ’17) and a Yoga Exercise Specialist certification (YES-90) training and started a sharing “Mindfulness Moose Yoga” programming at Ministik Elementary school in Moose Factory, Ontario.