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They don’t teach you this in journalism school

Discourse intern Cloe Logan reflects on learning to listen deeply to the community members we’re here to cover.

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Welcome to the Urban Nation

Across Canada, more than half of all Indigenous people live off reserve, and nearly 61,500 Indigenous people now call the Lower Mainland home. B.C.’s Lower Mainland has the largest Indigenous population of any urban area in the province. Despite these numbers, urban Indigenous people don’t get a lot of love from local media. News coverage of Indigenous issues is usually about crises, suicide and tragedy, or land titles and resources back on the reserve. It’s important to give voice to urban Indigenous perspectives and stories because although reconciliation is a concept, when you dig beneath that, it’s really about people.

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What’s the state of urban reconciliation in the Lower Mainland?

We asked you what stories we should investigate next in the Urban Nation. This is what you told us.

B.C. judge breaks with convention in Indigenous child-protection case

Mom suggests a more collaborative approach including Elders, and judge accepts.

Tell us what urban Indigenous stories to investigate next

From housing to youth to MMIWG, you told us what matters most to you. Vote for our next topic now.

Three years later, this mom’s still fighting to get her kids out of care

Being separated from her daughters “never gets easier,” says Justine, whose trial resumes on April 1.

Veteran urban Indigenous rights fighter dies at 91

In his youth, Bill Lightbown spent six months in prison for vagrancy but his real crime, he said, was being “an Indian.”