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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.

Nsyilxcən Language
Okanagan

Syilx people can earn a degree in the Nsyilxcən language with new UBC program

It’s the first Indigenous language degree in Canada, says academic lead Jeanette Armstrong
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Cowichan Valley

Little Zimbabwe Farm offers a cultural exchange through food and music

Amy and Tafadzwa Matamba are on a mission to improve local food security and give the community agency when it comes to their food.
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Vancouver Island

IndigiNews is covering education for Indigenous students, teachers, and families: Here’s the latest

We’re following what’s happening in the education space across Vancouver Island, so you don’t have to
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RCMP officer and a social worker in Vernon, B.C. searched this Syilx single mother's home and didn't tell her for weeks.
Scott Ward
Vancouver Island

Indigenous hypnotist empowers First Nation youth to follow their dreams

Scott Ward visits First Nations schools across Canada with workshops around laughter, healing
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Rename Victoria school named after man who enforced racist segregation
Vancouver Island

Work underway to unmask racist policy maker and rename George Jay Elementary school

School in Victoria named after former school board chairman who advocated for segregation policies.
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Vancouver Island

‘For the well-being of our communities’: Coastal Dance Festival celebrates cultural resilience in uncertain times

The 14th annual festival will be a free online celebration of songs, dances and stories from along the coast
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Vancouver Island

Elders make a difference for Indigenous inmates, but connections to culture behind bars ‘limited’

Former inmate Gillis English says the Elder-led Pathways program helped him heal during his sentence, but it took more than a decade to find that support
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Vancouver Island

‘Like going back in time’: W̱SÁNEĆ people to regain rightful ownership of abundant remote island

Title of SISȻENEM, off Sidney Island, set to be transferred to W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council after ‘historic’ agreement with The Land Conservancy of British Columbia
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Confidentiality agreements a 'red flag' in exercising Bill C-92
Vancouver Island

Confidentiality agreements a ‘red flag’ in exercising Bill C-92, says Indigenous leader

Nations at a disadvantage in applying child welfare laws if they aren’t sharing info, says Richard Gray.
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Indigenous students
Vancouver Island

Here are five supports available to Indigenous students in B.C.

The TRC called for more inclusive education for all ages — from curriculum to cultural support, here are some ways the government has responded
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Racist History
Vancouver Island

New resource challenges racist history as B.C.’s 150th year approaches

Authors of open-source educational booklet hope it will be utilized in schools, by policymakers
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Indigenous food sovereignty
Vancouver Island

Colonialism ‘an invasive species’: Grants aim to replenish threatened Indigenous food systems

ŚW̱,ȻENEṈITEL Indigenous Food Systems Initiative is an Indigenous-led program aimed at supporting communities
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Robert Riley Saunders
Okanagan

Robert Riley Saunders to be tried by B.C. Supreme Court justice

The former MCFD worker faces 13 charges including fraud, theft & forgery.
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Supports extended for B.C. youth transitioning out of care
Vancouver Island

Emergency supports extended again for youth transitioning out of care in B.C.

Youth advocate applauds extension, but wants ‘universal and comprehensive’ supports for all youth from care.
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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

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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