First Issue (2019)
The first issue of PLACE magazine is a collection of writing and artwork submitted by Indigenous youth between the ages of 15 and 30, hosted by Literacy Central Vancouver Island.

PLACE explores the relationship we have to our lands, the experience of being displaced from them, the affects of colonization, and the natural beauty that surrounds us.

Support local Indigenous youth in their artwork and writing by giving PLACE magazine as a gift!

To order your copy: phone our office at 250-754-8988 or send an e-mail to:

Second Issue (2020)
Directly from the frontlines of the overdose crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the housing crisis: the second issue of PLACE magazine. This issue features the writing and artwork of the ultimate first responders: youth who are homeless.

Collected over months of street outreach between May and November of 2020, we have made PLACE to highlight the resilience of youth who are unhoused, to uplift some of their concerns, and to celebrate their passion for artwork, poetry, and change.

Dedicated to everyone sleeping outside tonight: we see you and we love you. Our second issue of PLACE features writing and artwork from people who are unhoused in Nanaimo.

(Now available in our store)

To order your copy: phone our office at 250-754-8988 or send an e-mail to:

LITERACY CENTRAL VANCOUVER ISLAND WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS FOR MAKING THIS PUBLICATION POSSIBLE: For their donations of funds and supplies for the Mobile Youth Outreach Team: Deborah Hollins and Nanaimo Family Life Association, Stephanie D, Kix Citton at Nanaimo Brain Injury Society, Ashley Clarke with Nanaimo Foodshare, Stephane Cochrane and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Vancouver Island, the Nanaimo Community Action Team, United Way, VIU residence staff, Sydney Kramer and the VIU dental hygienist program, Tracy Meyer and Kristina Joe. For donating their time, energy and lived expertise: elder Gary Manson, Joey-john Carlson, Cadence Manson, Ruby Barclay, Ajay Booth, Delaney “Angel” Gunn, Vanessa Rae Jager and Taylor Pederson.