Indigenous Storybooks

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you choose the stories to share on the Indigenous Storybooks website?

We are committed to respectful sharing of stories on Indigenous Storybooks. The following questions are considered, based on the available information, when we review the stories and resources that appear on our website:

  1. How did the story come to be known?
  2. How has the community and/or Nation participated in the development and/or telling of the story?
  3. Have the cultural protocols for sharing this story been honoured? Who gave permission for the story to be shared?
  4. How are Indigenous history, worldviews, and values represented?
  5. How does the story acknowledge the diversity of Indigenous peoples?

We recognize that it is not always possible to answer all of these questions and our knowledge is limited to the protocols with which we are familiar, so if you find stories and/or resources on our website that you consider disrespectful, please contact us.

Adapted from: Iseke-Barnes, J. (2009). Unsettling Fictions: Disrupting Popular Discourses and Trickster Tales in Books for Children. Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, 7(1), 24-57 & UBC/EDX Massive Open Online Course (2015). Reconciliation through Indigenous Education.

How can we respectfully retell stories?

We recommend that you use public stories to retell or ensure that you have permission to retell a story before you do so.

How are Reading Levels assigned within Indigenous Storybooks?

LevelDescriptionWords per story
Level 1One or two short, simple sentences per pageUp to 75 words
Level 2A few sentences per page76–250 words
Level 3A short paragraph per page251–500 words
Level 4One paragraph per page501–799 words
Level 5A long paragraph per page800 words or more