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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.

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    A new model of community-powered journalism.

    By providing in-depth journalism accountable to diverse communities, we are contributing to a more equitable democracy.

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    Growing independent, local media.

    The Discourse builds local digital news products that bring communities together.

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    Deep Dives.

    The Discourse produces collaborative reporting projects with media partners to investigate issues that matter to our community members.

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    Editorial consulting.

    The Discourse offers consulting and editorial services to empower others to serve their communities with in-depth journalism.

Our work.

Youth march for climate action at the Global Climate Strike in Duncan on September 20, 2019. Jacqueline Ronson/The Discourse Cowichan
West Shore

Election 2021: How do Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke candidates compare on climate change?

You told us it’s a top issue for this riding. Here’s what we know.
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George and Rebecca Papadopoulos
Cowichan Valley Vancouver Island

These Cowichan Valley farmers are looking beyond pastures for profit

Keating Farm hopes diversifying its business model could create financial and environmental sustainability.
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Chief Xumtilum (Michael) Wyse (right) shakes hands as he accepts a large GoFundMe cheque representing funds to support the search for unmarked graves on the ground of the former Nanaimo "Indian Hospital."
Nanaimo Vancouver Island

Snuneymuxw First Nation welcomes $77,000 to help search for unmarked graves, historical records

‘This is an awakening' says one survivor and grassroots organizer who helped fund the investigation on the former grounds of the Nanaimo ‘Indian Hospital’ to support collective healing.
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the hangout duncan david murray
Cowichan Valley Vancouver Island

Community Spotlight: The Hangout climbing gym in Duncan

How four climbing enthusiasts created an inclusive space to work out and hang out.
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climate rally duncan
Cowichan Valley Vancouver Island

‘It’s an emergency,’ say climate ralliers in Cowichan Valley

A large crowd voices concern over climate change at a downtown Duncan rally.
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Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke candidates in a virtual election forum with The Discourse
Vancouver Island West Shore

Election 2021: Your questions for Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke candidates, answered

The Discourse hosted a virtual forum with major party candidates, and readers helped guide the discussion.
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Canada Election 2021 Cowichan-Malahat-Langford forum
Cowichan Valley

Election 2021: Your questions for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford candidates, answered

The Discourse hosted a virtual forum with major party candidates, and readers helped guide the discussion.
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A southern resident killer whale mother and her calf are photographed swimming in 2004. Orcas stay with their mother throughout their lives, even after they have offspring of their own.
Nanaimo Vancouver Island

Matriarch orca’s death may explain J pod’s absence, this scientist says

While environmental factors like the decline in salmon likely played a role, the real ‘catastrophe’ may have been the end of her 106-year reign.
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The Discourse Nanaimo asked major Nanaimo-Ladysmith candidates in-depth questions about the housing crisis. Left to right: Michelle Corfield, Liberal, Lisa Marie Barron, NDP, and Paul Manly, Green. Photos via Facebook
Nanaimo Vancouver Island

Nanaimo-Ladysmith candidates explain how they’ll make housing more affordable

What will candidates do to make rent more affordable? How will they address homelessness? Will they intervene in the real estate market? Your biggest housing questions, answered.
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Sooke School District back to school welcome sign
Vancouver Island West Shore

Sooke School District welcomes students back in record numbers

COVID-19 safety is still a top priority as students head back to school during the ongoing pandemic.
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Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke election candidates
Vancouver Island West Shore

Election 2021: A guide for Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke voters

Here’s a brief summary of the candidates, party platforms and top issues voters in the Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke riding care about.
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Sisters Aunalee Boyd-Good and Sophia Seward-Good have spent the last few years building Ay Lelum-The Good House of Design into a cherished family business showcasing the art of Coast Salish-inspired fashion.
Nanaimo Vancouver Island

Ay Lelum-The Good House of Design: ‘That show has to go on.’

Community gathers to support second-generation Snuneymuxw design house in rebounding from fire.
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Skaha Creek wildfire in syilx territory on Penticton Indian Band land
Okanagan

New wildfire in syilx territory on Penticton Indian Band land

The fire started Saturday and is listed as out of control. No evacuation orders yet.
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Cowichan Valley West Shore

Election 2021: A guide for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford voters

Here’s a brief summary of the major party candidates, platforms and top issues Cowichan-Malahat-Langford voters told us they care about.
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A map shows the Nanaimo-Ladysmith riding borders.
Nanaimo Vancouver Island

Election 2021: A guide for Nanaimo-Ladysmith voters

Here’s a brief summary of the candidates, party platforms and top issues Nanaimo voters told us they care about.
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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.

The Discourse is a digital news media company based in Vancouver B.C. We provide community-powered journalism to underserved communities. We currently operate digital media serving the Cowichan Valley, southern Alberta, Francophone Quebec and Indigenous communities in the Okanagan Valley and Vancouver Island.

We were founded by three journalists in 2014 to experiment with new forms of news. Since then, our team has been producing award-winning collaborative journalism that privileges diverse perspectives, is driven by the pursuit of truth, and creates positive change in underrepresented communities.

In 2017, we began developing a new business model for providing in-depth local news. Supported with startup funding from value-aligned partners, investors, family and community members who became owners in our company through an equity crowdfunding campaign (plus a lot of bootstrapping), we launched our community-powered platform The Discourse in 2018.

We now operate The Discourse, IndigiNews and La Converse.

Our reporting team in the Okanagan and our child welfare, education and health reporters on on Vancouver Island are funded in part by the Government of Canada, through the Local Journalism Initiative.

👉🏾Read 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