Following a demonstration in downtown Toronto on Sunday evening, the statue of Egerton Ryerson, considered one of the architects of Canada’s residential school system, was toppled and destroyed.
The act took place at Ryerson University after an afternoon demonstration in response to the Tk’emlps te Secwépemc First Nation’s announcement on May 27 that preliminary findings from a survey conducted by a ground-penetrating radar specialist indicated the remains of what could be 215 children buried on the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C.
Indigenous professors and students have called for the university’s name to be changed and Ryerson‘s statue to be removed from campus because of his part in the development of Canada’s residential school system. The exact method of bringing the statue down is unknown, but a video released to Twitter shows what looks to be a rope tied to the sculpture and people cheering as it falls. The contents of the video have not been authenticated by any media house nor have the identity of the person who filmed it been established.
The incident has been reported to Toronto police, who said they will look into it.