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The Eastern Door  is a community-based newspaper serving the community of Kahnawake since 1992, regardless of birth, gender, age, language, politics or religion. The paper strives to be a factual, balanced, authoritative source of information with access to all segments of the community.

Steve Bonspiel
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Eastern Door Editor/Publisher Steve Bonspiel, from Kanesatake, started his journalism career in January 2003 with The Nation magazine, a newspaper serving the Cree Nation of northern Quebec. Since that time, he has won numerous regional and national awards for his in-depth, impassioned writing on a wide variety of subjects, including investigative pieces, features, editorials, columns, sports, human interest and hard news. He has freelanced for the Montreal Gazette, Toronto Star, Windspeaker, Nunatsiaq News, Calgary Herald, Native Peoples Magazine, and other Native publications. Steve was awarded the Paul Dumont-Frenette Award for journalist of the year with the Quebec Community Newspapers Association in 2015, 2022, and 2023, won the Canadian Association of Journalists community media category twice, and was a finalist for the prestigious Michener award in 2011. He was also QCNA president for seven years, and taught Indigenous Journalism at Concordia University.

 

Marcus Bankuti

Marcus is managing editor of The Eastern Door, where he has been reporting since 2021 on issues that matter to Kahnawake and Kanesatake. He was previously editor-in-chief of The Link and a contributing editor at Our Canada magazine. In 2024, he was the recipient of the first-ever Canadian Association of Journalists Community Written Feature Award. He has also won multiple Quebec Community Newspapers Association awards.

 

 

Eve Cable

Eve is lead reporter with the Eastern Door. She has also covered harm reduction and social justice issues for the Montreal Gazette, The Breach, Filter Magazine, and more. In 2024, she won the Quebec Community Newspapers Association’s award for journalist of the year, the Paul Dumont-Frenette Outstanding Journalism Award.

 

 

Miriam Lafontaine

Miriam Lafontaine is a reporter with the Eastern Door. Her work has appeared in Le Devoir, CBC Montreal, CBC New Brunswick as well as the Toronto Star.

 

 

Ni:ne McComber

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Ni:ne McComber has been in the public eye since she was a child working in the family business at Chief Poking Fire’s Indian Village here in Kahnawake. She learned at a young age the importance of business and becoming the people person she is today. She has been working in media since 1988, starting with K103 Radio and since 1992, has been working at The Eastern Door. Ni:ne enjoys being on the road meeting new people and exciting businesses. In 1996, Ni:ne was nominated as SODER’s “Personality of the Year” for her project uniting the communities of Kahnawake and Chateauguay after the Oka Crisis of 1990.

 

Tara Wall

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Tara Wall is a bilingual advertising consultant. She graduated from O’Sullivan College in the Business Administration program with a Marketing specialization. Prior to joining The Eastern Door in 2003, Tara worked in banking, accounting and running her own business. She appreciates connecting with business people on a daily basis and loves helping to grow their business with our readers.

 

Dana Marquis

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Dana Marquis started her career at The Eastern Door in 2003 as Administrative Assistant. During that time she learned graphics and began ad design for special supplements at The Eastern Door. When she returned from maternity leave, Dana left the front desk to continue graphics part-time. Dana now does the layout, ad design and other special projects and supplements at The Eastern Door.