Indigenous Storybooks is a Canadian website for children, families, community members, and educators. Inspired by the open-licensed stories from Little Cree Books, this project aims to make the text, images, and audio of stories available in Indigenous languages as well as English, French, and the most widely spoken immigrant and refugee languages of Canada. A story that is read in English or French at school can be read in ancestral languages by parents and children at home. In this way, Indigenous Storybooks provides access to stories in ancestral languages as well as English and French. Similarly, the audio versions of the stories can help beginning readers and language learners make the important connection between speech and text.
All of the stories on the Indigenous Storybooks website currently come from the Little Cree Books project in Alberta, Canada – a groundbreaking digital initiative promoting literacy in the Cree language. The stories are openly licensed, which allows the Indigenous Storybooks team to repurpose and translate them into other languages together with a modern, responsive web design for reading the stories. We are very grateful to Little Cree Books for making these stories freely available under an open license.
There are several other websites that offer Indigenous stories. A collection of resources, including other sources of Indigenous stories, can be found on our Resources page.
Sara Florence Davidson is a Haida educator with a PhD in Literacy Education. She is currently a research associate in the Department of Language and Literacy, UBC to support her work with Indigenous Storybooks. Her research interests include: Indigenous education, the use of traditional Indigenous stories in K-12 education, and culturally responsive teaching and research practices. Website: saraflorence.ca
Bonny Norton, FRSC, is a Professor and Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Language and Literacy Education, UBC. She is the research advisor for Indigenous Storybooks. Her research focuses on identity and language learning, critical literacy, and international development. Website: faculty.educ.ubc.ca/norton
Liam Doherty is a PhD candidate in the Department of Language and Literacy Education, UBC, under the supervision of Prof. Patricia Duff. He is the technical advisor for Indigenous Storybooks and a strong advocate for open educational resources.
We thank Jo-ann Archibald and Jan Hare for helpful conversations, and warmly invite other Indigenous scholars for comment and collaboration.