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.

West Shore

The top solution to West Shore traffic woes? A dedicated bus lane, this expert says

“An absolute nightmare:” Improving the public transit experience is good for car drivers, too.
logging plans mosaic meade creek
Cowichan Valley

Mosaic unveils logging plans near Youbou and Meade Creek

These maps show the location of four planned cutblocks, to be logged between 2021 and 2023.
A truck transfers logs near the Coastland Mill in Nanaimo, B.C.
Nanaimo Vancouver Island

Will Fairy Creek trees be exported as raw logs?

Eight questions about raw log exports and B.C.'s struggling forestry sector, explained by policy analyst Ben Parfitt.
Residential school survivor Jack Kruger shares stories about his experience at St. Eugene’s Mission Residential School in Cranbrook, B.C.

Survivor shares stories from church-run residential school St. Eugene’s in B.C.

‘All I want to do is let the truth be known, some of the horrors that happened,’ says Jack Kruger.
climate change
West Shore

Consider climate change, Highlanders argue in quarry court appeal

The Highlands District Community Association argues climate change should have been taken into account when considering a permit for the O.K. Industries quarry operation.
Visitors to the Fairy Creek Blockades stand among the "giants," large trees over 250 years old.
Nanaimo Vancouver Island

Q&A: What do the old-growth logging deferrals mean for Fairy Creek?

A conversation with distinguished Indigenous lawyer Doug White (Kwulasultun).
Deadline to apply to UBC’s Virtual Indigenous Science Experience program is June 10
Okanagan Vancouver Island

Indigenous high school students learn about science in free online summer program

Deadline to apply to UBC’s Virtual Indigenous Science Experience program is June 10
West Shore

Make space for the arts in new development, West Shore groups urge

These advocates say developers, municipalities and arts groups must come together to build a vibrant cultural future for West Shore communities.
A person wearing orange writes a message in chalk near the donations of teddy bears that reads "Rosanna Louise Antoine 1953.
Nanaimo Vancouver Island

Nanaimo This Week: All together we remember our children

‘Celebrate holding and embracing our children again,’ said Snuneymuxw First Nation councillor Tzuq'nustun (Paul) Wyse-Seward at a vigil on May 30.
Non-Indigenous people, here are 7 ways to support Indigenous people grieving in the wake of the news about the 215 children at KIRS.
Okanagan Vancouver Island

Non-Indigenous people — here’s what you can do, right now

7 ways to support Indigenous people grieving in wake of news about 215 children.
Langford memorial 215 children kamloops residential school
Vancouver Island West Shore

Residential school victims and survivors honoured on the West Shore

“You need truth,” says Marlene Clifton, a Gitxsan woman who led a ceremony in Langford on Monday.
Secwépemc hereditary Matriarch Miranda Dick and her father, hereditary Chief Saw-ses, publish Free Prior and Informed Consent Protocol

What are the rules of engagement for guests on Secwépemc territory?

Hereditary Matriarch Miranda Dick and her father, hereditary Chief Saw-ses, publish Free Prior and Informed Consent Protocol.
KHFN has signed an agreement, which is meant to help fund stewardship and management activities in their territory
Vancouver Island

Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation to receive $700K for stewardship through agreement with B.C. and Coast Funds

‘Now we can start to deliver on our dream of having a big presence on our territories,’ says Chief Councillor Rick Johnson.
West Shore

Mining reform needed to prevent costly conflicts, advocates say

The Highlands’ fight over an impending gravel quarry has implications for communities across B.C. and beyond.
rcmp fairy creek tarps
Vancouver Island

The Discourse and IndigiNews are going to court to defend our right to report on RCMP tactics at Fairy Creek

Some things are important enough to come together to fight for: Press freedom to cover what's happening in our forests is one of them.

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
Media Lab OFC
Marigold Capital
Inspirit Foundation
Facebook Journalism Project