Ryerson University Approves Recommendation To Change Name

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Ryerson University’s Board of Governors has agreed to change its name. The Board approved a motion to accept all 22 recommendations, including the recommendation to rename the university, which was named after an architect of Canada’s residential school system.

“The Task Force’s 22 recommendations include renaming the institution, sharing materials to recognize the legacy of Egerton Ryerson, and providing more opportunities to learn about Indigenous history and Indigenous and colonial relations. The report provides a full picture of the past and present commemoration of Egerton Ryerson, yet the recommendations are not based on either vilification or vindication of the individual,” University’s President Mohamed Lachemi said in a statement Thursday.

The Task Force recommendations were heavily informed by the participation of over 11,000 Ryerson community members and the membership’s own extensive learning and unlearning.

The Task Force survey generated 22,860 individual question responses, over 250 people participated in community conversations and more than 250 people emailed the Task Force directly.

A statue of Egerton Ryerson on the university’s campus was torn down by angry protesters in response to the first group of unmarked graves that were uncovered.

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