Rebel Knowledge


Join us on Saturday, February 27th from 12pm to 5:30pm EST for Rebel Knowledge 2021! An annual OPIRG Guelph event, Rebel Knowledge is a social and environmental justice symposium that brings together activists, radical academics, and community organizers to learn, share, and strategize. This symposium will be a little different than previous years, as we will be gathering virtually (Zoom link TBA).

This year’s theme focuses on a look back at the Covid-19 pandemic, recognizing how the pandemic has exposed the inability and failure of the current systems in place to take care of people. We will also highlight how organizing strategies have changed & adapted to facilitate ongoing resistance to oppressive systems, in our fight for another world. As beautifully articulated by by Arundhati Roy:

“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.”
– Arundhati Roy

Acknowledging the land:

We acknowledge that within Guelph we are currently occupying the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron/Chonnonton, the Anishinaabe, and Haudenosaunee peoples and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. We recognize the significance of the Dish with One Spoon Covenant to this land and offer our respect and gratitude to all of the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island who have stewarded, loved & defended this land for centuries. In stating this, we acknowledge that we are here as a result of blood that has been shed through colonization, which continues to be the lived experience of Indigenous communities across Turtle Island. Colonialism is a current ongoing process, and we need to be accountable for our present participation in that process.

We also offer our respect to all our First Nations, Métis, and Inuit neighbours as we continue our collective struggle against oppressive systems. As an organization, we strive to strengthen our relationships with all such peoples—fostering positive relationships while challenging destructive ones.