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The Discourse provides community-powered journalism to underserved communities.

What we do.

Local news is good for democracy. But with the collapse of community newspapers, many people can’t find in‑depth journalism that accurately reflects their communities and lives. The Discourse is working to change that with a new approach to local news.

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    Keeping you connected

    Our weekly email newsletters are community newspapers, reimagined. We share news and events that help you stay informed and connected.

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    Beyond daily news

    We investigate solutions to the issues facing our communities. We untangle complexity. We tell stories with respect and empathy.

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    Challenging the status quo

    We strive to tell stories that represent the diversity of our communities and give voice to those who have been left out of the conversation.

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    Always listening

    We tell stories with, not about, the communities we serve. We are always asking questions, getting input and working hard to hear from you.

Our work.

Indigenous grads share stories at Camosun College’s 50th anniversary alumni forum as part of Lives Well Lived panel
Vancouver Island

Indigenous grads share stories at Camosun College’s 50th anniversary event

‘We could start to feel what we were good at and see that our culture was something that could be helpful,’ says Frank Shannon, who studied at Camosun in the 1990s.
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Acclaimed journalist Connie Walker addresses the audience at Vancouver Island University on Nov. 22.
Nanaimo Vancouver Island

‘When did this story actually begin?’: Connie Walker’s quest to centre missing Indigenous women

Highlights from the award-winning investigative journalist's keynote speech at Vancouver Island University.
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The discourse copa awards
Cowichan Valley Nanaimo Vancouver Island West Shore

The Discourse dominates Canadian Online Publishing Award nominations

Our scrappy little upstart is up for 11 awards across an impressive breadth of categories.
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B.C. Human Rights Commissioner's new report outlines racial disparities found in policing towards Indigenous Peoples
Okanagan Vancouver Island

Systemic racism in policing across unceded territories in B.C. demands reform says Human Rights Commissioner

New report shows Indigenous Peoples are ‘grossly overrepresented’ in arrests and chargeable incidents.
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An action held outside the COP26 venue by the Indigenous Climate Action and Indigenous Environmental Network to protest carbon offsetting.
Cowichan Valley Vancouver Island

Opinion: Climate adaptation is crucial for Cowichan Valley following COP26

“I hadn’t realized my own vulnerability as a citizen on Vancouver Island,” writes Erin Blondeau, an Indigenous youth delegate to the recent UN Climate Change Conference in Scotland.
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Ellen Gabriel
Okanagan Vancouver Island

‘I stand with the Wet’suwet’en and all the Indigenous land and water protectors’

Longtime Indigenous rights activist Ellen Gabriel's message to Wet’suwet’en land and water defenders.
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FOR LOVE documentary sheds light on foster care and the ‘brilliance and the beauty’ of Indigenous Peoples, says producer Mary Teegee
north cowichan forest mount prevost
Cowichan Valley Vancouver Island

North Cowichan review is a rare opportunity for Vancouver Island forests

Here’s what makes the municipal forest so interesting, unique and rare.
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forests for the future
Cowichan Valley Nanaimo Okanagan Vancouver Island West Shore

Announcing ‘Forests for the Future’

Deeply rooted, solutions-focused stories about forests on Vancouver Island and beyond.
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A group of protesters are being arrested by RCMP officers on a logging road in the Fairy Creek watershed area.
Cowichan Valley Nanaimo Vancouver Island West Shore

Press freedoms in Canada are under attack again

RCMP arrest two journalists on Wet’suwet’en territory, months after B.C. Supreme Court ruled in favour of journalists’ right to report.
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doctor
Cowichan Valley

For many Cowichan Valley residents, the doctor is not in

Many groups are working towards connecting more residents with family doctors and primary care.
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Vancouver Island

Clarence ‘Butch’ Dick of Songhees Nation ‘deeply humbled’ by honorary degree

The artist and educator was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Royal Roads University.
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UVic is working to decolonize B.C. classrooms by revitalizing Indigenous languages, increasing representation and tackling white fragility
Vancouver Island

How UVic’s working to decolonize B.C. classrooms

From revitalizing Indigenous languages to increasing Indigenous representation to tackling white fragility — ‘There’s so much work to do,’ says education dean at the University of Victoria.
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The fence at Wesley Street, photographed in February 2021 by resident and advocate Myra Thomson.
Nanaimo Vancouver Island

What a judge’s ruling on homeless camps could mean for unhoused citizens of Nanaimo

After the B.C. Supreme Court ruled a Prince George homeless camp can stay, cities like Nanaimo need to ‘rethink why they’re doing,’ says law professor.
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What people are saying.

“So often in today’s information-saturated world, I skim read. I approach your stories differently, as they bring me closer to the people in my community. I set aside quiet time to let your words sink in.”

Pamela Williams
Community member, The Discourse Cowichan

“This article makes me so excited for the future. I feel a sense of awakening and reassurance that maybe we’re headed towards a positive future.”

Deepak Sharma
Community member, The Discourse
The Discourse

About us.

Discourse Media is on the frontlines of journalism innovation in Canada. Founded in Vancouver, B.C., in 2014, our goal was to reimagine journalism from the ground up: how it is produced and delivered, how it is funded and, most importantly, how it can serve communities.

In 2018, we narrowed in on the local news market, launching our first outlet in the Cowichan Valley, on Vancouver Island. Since then, we have launched new outlets in Nanaimo and on the West Shore. Our journalists are committed to meaningful reporting and shifting journalism practices to better serve the community.

The Discourse is part of Discourse Media’s broader journalism network, which includes IndigiNews, focused on independent Indigenous-centred journalism, and Indiegraf, which supports the growth of indie news entrepreneurs. We are a founding member of Press Forward, Canada’s association for independent media.

👉🏾 These are the 10 principles that guide our business and editorial decisions.

Local Journalism Initiative
McConnell Foundation
SheEO
Media Lab OFC
Marigold Capital
Inspirit Foundation
Facebook Journalism Project