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.

Women in trades: Métis student says learning to be an electrician is amazing & Okanagan College shares how it's removing barriers for women

Métis woman says learning to be an electrician is ‘amazing’

'With electrical, I'm always thinking, I'm always on my feet, always moving,’ says Okanagan College student Alanah Coss.
Ashley Michel called out Prime Minister Trudeau for 'words and broken promises' during his visit to Tk’emlups te Secwépemc on Oct. 18

Trudeau called out for ‘words and broken promises’ by Secwépemc mom

Ashley Michel stood and addressed Prime Minister Trudeau during his visit to Tk’emlups te Secwépemc (Kamloops, B.C.) on Monday.
Indigenous children, families and frontline practitioners — the Child Welfare League of Canada is hosting free workshops on COVID recovery
Vancouver Island

How best to support Indigenous children, youth and families in dealing with COVID-19 impacts?

Four Indigenous child-welfare experts to offer guidance in free workshop series happening Nov. 2-10.
Elder ‘U’nihi-ya (Catherine) Jim sits in her truck as she speaks to journalist Julie Chadwick about the Elder literacy program.
Nanaimo Vancouver Island

At this Indigenous Elders’ literacy circle, survivors find healing

'We’re not going to be walking around in the dark anymore,' says founder, Cowichan Tribes Elder and survivor Linda Jack.
quarry kingzett lake
Cowichan Valley Vancouver Island

Future of public access at Kingzett Lake quarry remains in limbo

The formerly popular Shawnigan Lake swimming hole remains shuttered, despite years of talk on turning it into a regional park.
Gitxsan community gathered on Gitanmaax reserve in Hazelton, B.C. on Oct. 16 to stop MCFD social workers from taking child into ‘care’

Gitxsan community stops B.C. social workers from taking child back into ‘care’

‘We're sick and tired of generation after generation being lost in the system and not knowing who they are and never coming home,’ says Kolin Sutherland-Wilson.
meme garden helps capq̕ʷicyaʔ, also known as Alexa Manuel, deal with hard times — as syilx People have been doing since time immemorial

When Trudeau goes to Tofino, capq̕ʷicyaʔ goes to her meme garden

capq̕ʷicyaʔ, also known as Alexa Manuel, says she uses humour to deal with hard times — as syilx People have been doing since time immemorial.
Indigenous youth are key to Quw'utsun artist Charlene Johnny's process. Her latest mural is on Spectrum Community School's basketball court.
Vancouver Island

Quw’utsun artist invites Indigenous youth to make murals

Charlene Johnny’s latest mural brightens the basketball court at Spectrum Community School on unceded lək̓ʷəŋən territory.
Matt and his son Benny are photographed on a blue sports car.
Nanaimo Vancouver Island

This hip-hop artist is transforming the lives of youth touched by trauma

Matt Dunae, known as Sirreal, shares how his own healing informs his advocacy on intergenerational violence, mental health and suicide.
New ceremony house in the Neskonlith Indian Band community will support healing says Secwépemc Matriarch Miranda Dick.

Secwépemc hereditary family builds ceremony house for healing

It will be a safe space for “winter dance, ceremonies, and sweat lodges, a place for people to land in,” says Secwépemc Matriarch Miranda Dick.
Taking Back the Dinner is about reclaiming our history, says Jessica Hernandez, an Indigenous scholar at the University of Washington on Duwamish lands.

‘Taking Back the Dinner’ is about reclaiming our history, says Indigenous scientist

Now is a good time to reflect on the food you’re giving thanks for, says Jessica Hernandez.
Wolverine's garden continues to fuel frontline land defenders all over Turtle Island, providing food security and sovereignty.

Food for the frontlines — honouring Indigenous ingenuity during a colonial holiday

‘Genocide is the elephant in the room,’ this Thanksgiving, says Secwépemc Matriarch Miranda Dick.
Vancouver Island

Youth advocates call on governments to meet ‘equitable standards’ for kids transitioning out of care

Kids in government care should get the same ‘level of opportunities and support’ their peers get from family, community and friends, says Melanie Doucet.
Carver Noel Brown and Snuneymuxw Chief Mike Wyse stand in front of the new Snuneymuxw welcoming pole on Sept. 30.
Nanaimo Vancouver Island

At the inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Snuneymuxw leaders showed the way forward

‘Learn Hul’q’umi’num!’ Elder Jerry Brown proclaimed, encouraging attendees to engage in acts of love and kindness.
Vancouver Island

Virtual Indigenous Justice Centre launches in B.C.

Centre aims to provide free legal services to Indigenous people in under-served areas and is the first of its kind in B.C.

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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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
Media Lab OFC
Marigold Capital
Inspirit Foundation
Facebook Journalism Project