About This Site

The Cape Breton Highlander was was a weekly newspaper—the largest east of Montreal—published in Sydney, Nova Scotia from 1963 to 1976. Its lifespan coincided with a period in island history that was fascinating industrially, municipally, culturally and demographically. News was being made here and the Highlander's often controversial coverage of it found an engaged (and occasionally enraged) audience.

The Highlander's take on those years has been a revelation to those who've been able to access it but that access has been limited: the complete archive is available only on microfilm at Cape Breton University's Beaton Institute.

We want to raise the funds to digitize the entire archive, making it available online to anyone who might find it of interest, from students to historians to labour activists to anyone with an interest in Cape Breton's not-so-distant past.