About Us

The Eastern Door serves the Mohawks of Kahnawake regardless of birth, sex, age, language, politics or religion. The paper and website strive to be a factual, balanced, authoritative source of information with access to all segments of the community.

Founded in 1992, The Eastern Door covers news to sports to politics to human-interest stories to keep community members informed and up-to-date on issues that affect them.

The Eastern Door is a proud member of the Quebec Community Newspapers Association, the Canadian Community Newspaper Association, the Native American Journalists Association and the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors.

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Steve Bonspiel is an award-winning journalist from the Mohawk community of Kanesatake. Gifted with natural storytelling abilities, he began his journalism career with the Nation Magazine in 2003 and was quickly promoted to assistant editor that same year. Serving the Cree Nation of Northern Quebec for 5 and a half years, he won 21 awards for his balanced and impassioned reporting. In 2007, he was a double nominee in the community newspaper category at the prestigious Canadian Association of Journalists Awards. In 2008, he received the Lindsay Crysler Award for excellence from the Quebec Community Newspaper Association. Steve won the 2011 Canadian Association of Journalists' top prize in community journalism for his coverage of the Mohawk Council's decision to hand out eviction letters to non-Natives in early 2010. He was also nominated for the same series of stories for the prestigious Michener award, which pitted TED against CBC, Radio Canada, the Vancouver Sun, the Calgary Herald and the Hamilton Spectator.
Steve repeated as the winner of the same CAJ award a year later, this time for a series on a Native rights case stemming from a tobacco bust of a Kahnawake company out west.
He has also contributed to a number of newspapers and magazines including the Montreal Gazette, Calgary Herald, Toronto Star, Windspeaker and Nunatsiaq News.

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Tracey Deer is an award-winning documentary filmmaker born and raised in Kahnawake. She graduated with a BA from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire in 2000 after which she began her career in the entertainment industry. By 2008, She had directed and written four feature-length documentary films that all delve into the complicated landscape of modern aboriginal life. She has collaborated with the National Film Board of Canada, Rezolution Pictures, Mushkeg Media and Global Television’s nightly news program in Montreal. Her films have garnered critical and public acclaim, are utilized in university curriculum across the country and have been broadcast nationally on CBC and APTN. She left The Eastern Door in July 2012 to pursue other ventures.

Tracey and Steve were co-publishers of The Eastern Door from July 2008 until July 2012.

Founder:

Kenneth Deer started The Eastern Door in 1992 because he realized that Kahnawake was not being represented fairly in mainstream media. Beginning completely from scratch and without prior experience, he published, edited and wrote for the weekly publication that quickly became a source for solid and un-biased reporting. A model for integrity and respect, his dedication was a proven method for success: The Eastern Door has been the trusted source for news in Kahnawake for 16 years under his leadership. He currently devotes his time to representing the interests of the Mohawk Nation at the international level.

Staff:

Ni:ne McComber Bush has over 20 years experience in the advertising business through various media. She has been with The Eastern Door newspaper since it was first introduced to Kahnawake in 1992, as an Advertising Consultant. Ni:ne serves many businesses in Chateauguay, Mercier, St. Isidore, and the St. Remi area. She enjoys meeting new people and prides herself on representing her customers. In 1994, Ni:ne was nominated as candidate for "Personality of the Year Award" through SODER in 1996 for her project that united the people of Kahnawake and Chateauguay after the Oka Crisis of 1990.

Tara Wall is an advertising consultant. She studied marketing and accounting at O'Sullivan College. Before joining The Eastern Door, Tara worked in banking, accounting and running her own business. Now, she enjoys having a career that allows her to meet new people everyday and always being on the road selling allows for everyday to be different and exciting. She enjoys being able to express her creativity when consulting with clients to help create their advertising campaign. In 2009, she celebrated her sixth anniversary with The Eastern Door and looks forward to many more.


Sasha Deer graduated from Nova Career Center getting her DEP in the Administrative Assistant Program and began working for The Eastern Door one week after graduating from school. Trained in the latest software and business practices, Sasha Deer received her Diplome D'etudes Professionnel in Office Technologies from the Nova Career Centre. She has now been working at The Eastern Door as an Executive Assistant since 2008.



Allison Jacobs Allison Jacobs was employed with Caisse Populaire Kahnawake as Executive Secretary.  While working full-time, she began attending night classes at McGill University in the Public Relations Management Program.  She received her certificate in 2004, launching a new career path in PR and Communications.  She was hired as the first Communications Officer for the Kahnawake Economic Development Commission - Tewatohnhi’saktha. In the spring of 2009, she joined The Eastern Door as Project Coordinator for special projects.




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 continues to create ads and specials at The Eastern Door. In 2008 she received an Honourable Mention at the QCNA Awards for a centerspread she created of the Indian Village.



Connie McArdle is a pioneer member of The Eastern Door team since its inception in 1992 as Production Assistant. She also occasional contributes as a writer and has had several articles published in The Eastern Door and in a special supplement called The Senior Times. She is a veteran Powwow Dancer, a member of The Musical Entertainers of The Turtle Island Theatre and an active member of Kahnawake Cancer Support Group. She is tireless, always working hard at the office and volunteering for various fundraising ventures within the community.



Jessica Deer is a summer student who has yet to leave. She graduated from Dawson College in Cinema Video and Communications in spring 2008 and is currently studying at Concordia University in Communication Studies. Besides loafing in the wasteland known as adolescence, this sarcastic 19-year-old enjoys writing, drawing and silently laughing in her corner of the office.