After months of deliberation, Toronto‘s Ryerson University finally has a new name. From now on, the school will be known as Toronto Metropolitan University.
Calls for the school to be renamed came after the discovery of unmarked graves on the grounds of several former residential schools. Shortly after, the statue of Egerton Ryerson that stood on the school’s campus was knocked down, and hundreds of faculty members signed a petition to rename the post-secondary institution.
Ryerson University had been named after Egerton Ryerson, who was one of the main architects of the residential school system, which saw hundreds of thousands of children forcibly taken away from their families and forced to lose their language and culture.
The school’s board voted to change the school’s name back in August, and the changes are now coming into effect.