The first newspapers digitized under the NHDS newspaper pilot project are now available on the website of Library and Archives Canada (LAC). The digitized issues are from Windspeaker (1986-2015) and Ha-Shilth-Sa (1974-2017). Together, these collections represent more than 70 years of Indigenous news publishing.
The newspapers were digitized with the generous funding of the Salamander Foundation as part of a pilot project to learn more about newspaper digitization in Canada.
Digitizing these issues would not have been possible without the support of Bert Crowfoot, publisher of Windspeaker, and Eric Plummer, editor of Ha-Shilth-Sa, who granted LAC permission to digitize the material.
LAC is developing a search interface to provide better browsing and full-text search of the material. It also continues to digitize the remaining titles included in the pilot project.