Ryerson University changes its name
The Ryerson University Board of Trustees voted to change the name of the Toronto school over concerns about the man named after the institution and his connection to residential schools in Canada.
In an article published on the school’s website Thursday, President and Vice-Chancellor Mohamed Lachemi announced that change was imminent as part of the 22 recommendations made by the Standing Strong task force (Mash Koh Wee Kah Pooh Win ) of the University.
Egerton Ryerson is considered one of the main architects of the residential school system, and in recent years staff and students have called for both the removal of his statue and the name change of the university.
The statue was toppled earlier this year, amid the discovery of unmarked burial grounds on former residential school grounds this summer.
In response to the growing controversy, the university formed the task force to reconsider the university’s name, Egerton Ryerson’s legacy, and other commemorative elements on campus.
The group’s 22 recommendations included changing the name of the institution, sharing documents to recognize Egerton Ryerson’s legacy, and providing more opportunities to learn more about Indigenous history and relationships. native-colonial.
“The report provides a full picture of Egerton Ryerson’s past and present commemoration, but the recommendations are not based on defamation or individual justification,” Lachemi wrote, adding that the task force showed how the school “can go ahead and write the next chapter in our history.”