Egerton Ryerson

The head of the statue of Egerton Ryerson now on a spike at Land Back Lane in Caledonia, Ont.

Last seen decapitated from a statue on the Ryerson University campus in Toronto, the head of Egerton Ryerson has made its way to 1492 Land Back Lane in Caledonia, Ont. The area is the subject of an ongoing land battle between the Six Nations of the Grand River and local developers, who are attempting to build residential housing on land that the Six Nations say was never ceded by the Haudenosaunee.
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Egerton Ryerson: Statue toppled of architect of 'shameful' school system

Egerton Ryerson: Statue toppled of architect of 'shameful' school system. A statue in Toronto has been toppled of a man who helped create a school system which forcibly assimilated indigenous people. Egerton Ryerson was an architect of Canada's residential schools, which abducted more than 150,000 indigenous children, who were often...

Egerton Ryerson statue toppled at Canada indigenous school protest

A statue has been toppled at Ryerson University in Toronto at a protest over the recent discovery of a mass grave of indigenous children at a school. Egerton Ryerson is deemed one of the architects of Canada's controversial residential school system. His statue had already been vandalised earlier in the...

Statue of Egerton Ryerson on university campus toppled, police say

TORONTO — A much-maligned statue of Egerton Ryerson was toppled in Toronto on Sunday. The statue, prominently displayed on the campus of Ryerson University, has come under renewed scrutiny after the discovery in Kamloops, B.C., of what are believed to be the remains of 215 Indigenous children at a former residential school.

Beheaded statue of Egerton Ryerson, toppled Sunday in Toronto, won’t be replaced

TORONTO — The president of Ryerson University in Toronto says a statue of the university’s namesake has been pulled down by protesters and will not be replaced. A statement from university president Mohamed Lachemi says the statue was felled by demonstrators about an hour after the conclusion of a demonstration protesting the university’s continued use of Ryerson’s name.

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Egerton Ryerson: Racist philosophy of residential schools also shaped public education

Black Lives Matter protesters threw pink paint on a statue of Egerton Ryerson at Ryerson University in Toronto on July 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio. Conservative leader Erin O'Toole issued a public apology in December: “I said that the residential school system was intended to try and ‘provide education.’ It was not. The system was intended to remove children from the influence of their homes, families, traditions and cultures.” He was referring to comments he made in a meeting with a Conservative club at Ryerson University , where he defended Egerton Ryerson in response to substantial debate and protest surrounding Ryerson’s legacy .