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The Resolve is a BIPOC-led community-powered national platform for Black, Indigenous and people of colour voices and stories.

Why now?

A new kind of journalism

Efforts to diversify both legacy and independent newsrooms have largely failed, and Canadian media remains predominantly white, especially at the leadership level. This leaves Black, Indigenous and people of colour communities vastly underrepresented and their stories frequently misrepresented in the news.

The Resolve will change this by creating a platform for Black, Indigenous and people of colour journalists to tell their own stories directly to BIPOC audiences — not filtered through a white lens.

The Resolve will 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. The Resolve will dive deeper, explain complex issues and look to solutions.

Black Lives Matter, the reckoning of Canada’s residential schools and so many other events have brought tough conversations about race to the mainstream in 2021. Canadians are ready for a platform like The Resolve.

Our name

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.”

Who is behind The Resolve?

Matthew DiMera is an award-winning editor and journalist currently living in Toronto, and is the founder of The Resolve.

Most recently they were the managing editor at Xtra where they drove new and innovative digital-only editorial and engagement strategies, and the acting editor-in-chief at where they led strategy for an editorial refocusing and relaunch.

The Resolve is also supported by advisors including Melinda Kachina Bige, advocate and academic, and JP Larocque, filmmaker and journalist. The Canadian Association of Black Journalists, Indiegraf and C4C Canada are also supporting The Resolve as partners.

What the community is saying

Much of my life has existed without seeing 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.

— JP

The mainstream media has not failed Indigenous people. Oftentimes it does what is intended: to infantilize, demonize, and demonstrate a false narrative. I would like to see more even representations of issues that centre the diversity of experiences and Indigenous intelligences.

— Kachina

Make a charitable donation

Our goal is to raise $100,000 from individual donors by the end of 2021 to fund research and educational activities related to The Resolve’s launch. Donations can be made to our charitable partner C4C Canada. All contributions over $1,000 will receive a charitable tax receipt.

If you’d prefer to contribute in another way, get in touch at [email protected]. You can mail cheques made out to C4C Canada to 308–877 Hastings St. E Vancouver BC V6A 3Y1.

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