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The statue, honouring one of the architects of Canada’s residential school system, was brought down Sunday night by demonstrators who gathered for a sit-in protest at the downtown Toronto university campus. The remains of 215 Indigenous children — all undocumented deaths — were recently discovered in Kamloops, B.C. The residential schools issue has re-ignited a firestorm around the name Egerton Ryerson. The statue at Ryerson is considered by some to be a symbol of racism and colonialism. It has been defaced several times, including spray-painted, and calls for the statue’s removal have grown in recent days.

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