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tatue felled amid calls from profs, students to rename university, remove figure. The statue of Egerton Ryerson, considered one of the architects of the residential school system in Canada, that stood outside the university that bears his name was toppled and vandalized Sunday evening following a demonstration in downtown Toronto. The act occurred at Ryerson University after an afternoon demonstration that was held in response to an announcement by the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation on May 27 that preliminary findings from a survey conducted by a specialist in ground-penetrating radar indicated the remains of what could be 215 children buried on the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. Since then, there have been calls from Indigenous professors and students to change the university’s name and remove Ryerson’s statue from campus for his role in the creation of Canada’s residential school system.

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