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What you get 

  • Weekly newsletters that spotlight in-depth Indigenous news, events and voices from our community, including our urban Indigenous take on why Jody-Wilson Raybould has us so transfixed, and the story of 6-year-old Kyle Hill, whose culture kept him strong as he battled terminal cancer
  • Engaging  visual storytelling  from the people that make our home shine, including this photo series of resilient Indigenous women speaking out, and this video on the power of Indigenous words 
  • In-depth reporting that highlights the expertise of your community, like our #MomOnTrial series that follows a mother fighting to get her kids out of the child welfare system, and our investigation into why Vancouver city councillors voted to cut a reconciliation fund in half

Don't take it from us...

"Discourse is my go-to news source. It tells the stories that no one else is, and covers community issues that matter. It makes a difference to see those stories reflected — it shows we matter, too."

Ginger Gosnell-Myers
Community member

"From an Indigenous view, this is how members of the community reconcile with us."

Leona Brown
Community member

"It’s so refreshing, encouraging and challenging to see nuanced and empathetic reporting on the system, rather than just formulaic re-hashes of the same old narrative. It’s very easy to become numb to the daily trauma and horror of peoples’ stories and experiences, and for that to lead to exhaustion, resignation and even a kind of defensive apathy. The Discourse’s work is an antidote."

Brianna Brash-Nyberg
Community member

Why us?

Over the past year, here’s what we’ve heard from you: Now, more than ever, we need local journalism that unites, rather than divides. We heard the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action demanding journalists do a better job of reflecting Indigenous peoples’ lives. You said journalism should be accessible to everyone — not only those who can afford expensive subscriptions and advertisers. You inspired us to fill in the gap left by dying local newspapers.

So, last October, we launched a new model of community-powered journalism in three communities: Scarborough, the Cowichan Valley and Urban Nation.

But in order for us to survive, we need those of you who can afford it, to contribute to this work. That’s why we’re asking 1,000 of you to support us by June 15. We can only keep delivering journalism that represents everyone, if we can fund it.

Since a group of feminist journalists founded The Discourse five years ago, we’ve served communities often left out from public dialogue. We’ve produced award-winning investigative journalism that creates change in underrepresented communities, like yours. We’re passionate, scrappy journalists committed to building a new kind of media that better reflects us all — because we’re connected to these communities, too.

That brings us to the moment of truth: Is what we’ve built valuable enough to you that you’ll pay for it? Become a monthly supporter of The Discourse today, and help us build a future for community-powered journalism in Canada.


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