University changes its name in wake of colonisation debates

Ryerson University will now be called Toronto Metropolitan University, becoming the first such institution in Canada to change its name in response to recent debates over colonisation and historical commemoration, writes Joe Friesen for The Globe and Mail.

A proposal to change the name was approved on Tuesday 26 April by the university’s board of governors. Ryerson President Mohamed Lachemi had recommended the Toronto Metropolitan option from a shortlist developed by a committee of professors, administrators, students and alumni.

The renaming process began last year in response to a task force that examined the legacy of the university’s namesake, 19th-century educational reformer Egerton Ryerson. Protests over the use of the Ryerson name date back more than a decade and took aim primarily at Ryerson’s connection to the design of the Indigenous residential schools system.
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