The Resolve is a new independent Canadian media outlet centring, elevating and celebrating Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC) voices and stories. We’re reimagining the traditional narrative, and bringing more than just surface change to journalism.
Our vision is to stay on top of important stories that matter to Black, Indigenous and people of colour communities beyond the fickle attention of the 24-hour news cycle. We’ll dive deeper, explain complex issues, and look to solutions.
We’ll reflect the real-life experiences of Black, Indigenous and people of colour communities — the highs and the lows, the challenges and the successes, the sorrows and the joys.
We’re creating a powerful new platform for Black, Indigenous, and people of colour voices and ideas.
Join and support us as we imagine a new kind of BIPOC-led community-powered media.
“The Resolve” is loosely inspired by a quote from Mary Ann Shadd Cary, the first Black woman publisher in North America, and the first woman newspaper publisher in Canada, where she wrote about the need for less rhetoric and more action: “we have made but a little progress considering our resolves … We should do more and talk less.”
That message ties directly into our vision to connect journalism to action. Our new “resolve” is a renewed determination to use journalism to help strengthen and support our communities, and to build a more equitable form of journalism for BIPOCs.
“BIPOC journalists can serve as role models and mentors for other BIPOC. We also need to see ourselves represented and our voices heard in the media. This is critically important for youth.
Stories about BIPOC people by BIPOC people lend integrity and authenticity to the subject matter. No one knows what it's like to be Indigenous in Canada better than an Indigenous person. We must honour the voices and experiences of those who are directly impacted by the story or situation.”
“The mainstream media has not failed Indigenous people. Oftentimes it does what is intended: to infantilize, demonize, and demonstrate a false narrative.
Media representations of Indigenous issues are often shallow, and play on typical stereotypes. I would like to see more even representations of issues that centre the diversity of experiences and Indigenous intelligences.”
“Ultimately we need more colour in the media. What I mean by that is we need to see more Black people, more Indigenous people as reporters, editors, news anchors, producers, political pundits etc. I want to see more opportunities created for beginner BIPOC journalists, and more stable full-time positions so marginalized people can afford to stay in journalism.”
“Much of my life has existed without seeing myself or anyone like myself represented within the media. Representation is powerful in shaping public and personal opinions, but it also structures our very sense of self. And so that omission is a form of erasure. I would like to see a more equitable model of media, driven by a firm mission statement that is reflected on all levels of that organization's structure. It's not enough to say it — one must be it.”
“Mainstream media fails me and my communities by striving for ‘objectivity’ and ‘impartiality.’ It is wildly irresponsible to pretend that there are two sides to issues like climate change or systemic racism. I would like to see new media that values the truths of those who dare to imagine a better world and who are already doing the work to create it.”
Matthew DiMera is an award-winning editor and journalist currently living in Toronto, and is the Founder of The Resolve.
Most recently he was the Managing Editor at Xtra, and the Acting Editor-in-Chief at rabble.ca. Born and raised in Vancouver, Matthew wanted to be a reporter from a very young age, and self-published his first newspaper when he was 10.
He is a strong advocate for the importance and power of social justice and community reporting.