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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 canโ€™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.

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West Shore

This group is tackling food insecurity one urban garden at a time

Iyรฉ Creative, a social enterprise based in Victoria, uses food and education to reconnect people with land, culture and community.
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West Shore

Towards an affordable and liveable West Shore

Experts say pro-development policies need to pair with thoughtful planning to ensure a bright and affordable future for Langford and its fast-growing neighbours.
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Vancouver Island West Shore

In the Highlands, a community fights for agency

A years-long dispute between the Highlands and O.K. Industries goes deeper than just one gravel quarry.
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Chinook salmon release
Okanagan

Chinook returned to their historical habitat for the first time in 70 years

The Okanagan Nation Alliance conducted a ceremonial Chinook release at sxฬŒสทษ™xฬŒสทnitkสท (Okanagan Falls) on April 20.
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genoa bay cafe
Cowichan Valley Vancouver Island

Local restaurants change with the changing times

'Weโ€™re very impressed by the restaurants and the resilience and the ability to shift gears very quickly.'
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West Shore

The Highlanders: A community unites against urban incursion

From the beginning, the District of Highlands was envisioned as a forested refuge away from urban bustle. This is how residents are fighting to keep it that way.
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A tiny home is carried down a winding, forested road will tall trees on either side.
Nanaimo Vancouver Island

When it comes to the housing crunch, tiny homes have their place

As more people across Vancouver Island turn to tiny house living, here's what's needed and what's next.
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Vancouver Island

Indigenous law on the ground at Yeโ€™yumnuts

Cowichan ancestral burial site gives students knowledge about protecting sacred areas.
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Cory Spencer Halthwhistle Cheese
Cowichan Valley Vancouver Island

Cowichan couple cultivates a passion for cheesemaking

โ€œI wouldn't want to be doing anything else,โ€ says Cory Spencer, founder of Haltwhistle Cheese Company.
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Dr. Bonnie Henry
Vancouver Island

B.C. schools will remain open due to low infection rates

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said due to a โ€˜relatively low infection rate amongst school-age children,โ€™ schools will remain open.
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Okanagan

Two Spirit couple face racism and discrimination on journey to motherhood

โ€˜I was misled, dissuaded and discouraged from the steps it will take to become pregnant as a Queer Anishinaabe woman.โ€™
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Youth sounds alarm about disbarred lawyer Seanna McKinley (now Proulx) who is managing Indigenous youth housing in Kamloops, B.C.
Okanagan

Disbarred lawyer Seanna McKinley is managing Indigenous youth housing in Kamloops

โ€˜I think Seanna just needs to step down,โ€™ says former youth in care.
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West Shore

Growing Pains: The West Shoreโ€™s identity crisis

As some municipalities welcome rapid development, others guard against an urban incursion.
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West Shore

Survey results: What you had to say about West Shore development

The Discourse asked West Shore community members for their thoughts on development. Hereโ€™s what we heard.
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What people are saying.

“So often in todayโ€™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 weโ€™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.

๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸพRead 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