Ryerson University to change name as board approves task force recommendations
TORONTO — Ryerson University, named after an architect of Canada’s residential school system, has agreed to change its name.
The Toronto school’s board of governors approved a motion on Thursday to accept all 22 recommendations from a special task force, including one to rename the institution.
“The (task force’s) report provides clear recommendations on how the university can move forward and write the next chapter in our history,” university president Mohamed Lachemi said in a statement Thursday.
“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.”
It recommended renaming the institution in a process that “engages with community members and university stakeholders.” It also suggested sharing materials to recognize the legacy of Egerton Ryerson, and providing more opportunities to learn about Indigenous history.
Several Indigenous communities have announced that hundreds of unmarked graves have been located at the sites of former residential schools this summer.
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.