Statue of Egerton Liarson collapses in protest at Canadian Aboriginal School


A man standing on a dirty statue of Egerton Ryerson, believed to be the designer of Canada's indigenous school system

Ryerson influenced the development of Ontario’s public education system.

At the University of Ryerson in Toronto, a statue was knocked down in protest of the recent discovery of a mass grave of indigenous children at school.

Egerton Ryerson is believed to be one of the controversial designers of the Canadian boarding school system.

His statue had already been destroyed early in the week when what appeared to be the bodies of 215 children were discovered.

Increasing surveillance of Ryerson has prompted calls to change the university name and remove the statue.

It was already painted in red with slogans such as “digging” and “landback” on the pedestal, referring to its connection to Canada’s treatment of indigenous peoples.

A social media video of Sunday’s protests showed the statue being dragged off the pedestal as a crowd cheered nearby.

According to a university statement, more than 1,000 people participated in peaceful protests on Sunday afternoon, and about an hour later trucks arrived to lower the statue.

The university’s president, Mohammed Rashemi, said the statue would not be repaired or replaced after it collapsed.

This is one of the issues being considered by the Special Task Force, which will come to a conclusion by September, and how the agency can respond to the legacy from which the name came, including the possibility of branding. I have decided.

Red paint covers the dirty statue of Ryerson University in Egerton Ryerson

The statue was already polluted earlier this week

Children's shoes line the foundation of the statue of Egerton Ryerson at the University of Liarson

Children’s shoes were also left near the statue as a symbol of the discovery of the tomb.

Local media reports that the Toronto police are investigating the case.

Ryerson was a prominent figure in the founding of the public education system in Ontario in the 1800s, but his role in laying the groundwork for separate schools with forced assimilation of indigenous peoples has recently re-established his legacy. There is a growing demand for evaluation.

After the mass grave was discovered at Kamloops Indian Residential School, students and indigenous faculty again called for the university to be rebranded to “X University.”

Kamloops was Canada’s largest boarding school run by government and religious authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries with the goal of forcibly assimilating indigenous youth.

University officials previously acknowledged Liarson’s role in the formation of the boarding school system and its impact on the indigenous community by adding shields to the statues.

The question of how historical figures associated with colonialism and racism, including statues, are commemorated is controversial around the world.

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