I do owe a debt of gratitude to the Nation for giving me my start in journalism and specifically to the author of this piece (Vol 16, Issue 15, Cleaning Up at the QCNA Awards), Lyle Stewart, who helped me the most to guide me along the way.

I enjoyed working with the Cree people and I look forward to one day going back up north.

Although Mohawks and Crees differ in many ways, we are more alike in the most important ways – our love for our language, culture, community and family.

I wish the best for the Cree Nation, which served as my adopted family for the better part of six years.

I always keep my eye on news from Eeyou Istchee and somewhere, in every one of the nine communities, remains a piece of my heart.


Steve Bonspiel

Editor-in-chief, Eastern Door