We regret to announce the cancellation of the 3rd biennial OGAMAS Brandon Aboriginal Literacy Festival which was scheduled to take place at Brandon University on November 24 - 26, 2011.

We hope to remount the festival in 2012, and will be posting updates here on our website when they become available.

Thanks so much for your interest and support, and apologies for any inconveniences and disappointments.


Brandon University is delighted to announce the third bi-annual OGAMAS Aboriginal Literary Festival to take place at Brandon University on the weekend of November 24-26, 2011.

Admission to all events at the Festival, except the Social and Gala Reading on Saturday evening, will be free. Free refreshments will be served at all coffee breaks and evening receptions. (Admission to the Social and Gala Reading will be $10 at the door or in advance at Campus Books).

Brandon University is a small liberal arts university in Southwestern Manitoba. We have strong Aboriginal programs in Native Studies, Aboriginal Visual Arts, Education, and Counselling. A third of our student population is Aboriginal. We are proud to be the home of Canada’s premiere national Aboriginal Literary Festival.

Comments from the inaugural Festival in 2007

"I just wanted to pass along my thanks to all the organizers and volunteers for the amazing work you all did on the Aboriginal Writers' Festival! It was a fabulous event, and I had a wonderful time seeing everyone and learning about the new voices that are coming up. I hope you all had as much fun as I did. Take care, and I look forward to seeing you again soon."
--Warren Cariou

Brandon Aboriginal Literary Festival

Brandon Aboriginal Literary Festival 2011 Poster
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Click here to download the 2011 Brandon Aboriginal Literary Festival promotional poster.

Emma Larocque

I've walked these hallways
with them a long time now
and still they don't see
the earth gives eyes
injustice gives rage
now I'm standing here
prehistoric and all
pulling out their fenceposts of civilization
one by one
calling names in Cree
bringing down their mooneow hills
in English too
this is home now.

For more information contact:

Joanne Villeneuve, BU Communications Officer
(204) 727-9762 (tel) (204) 728-7340 (fax)

Brandon University Faculty of Arts Office
(204) 727-9790 (tel) (204) 726-0473 (fax)