The image of one of Canada’s leading residential school experts has been demolished and will not be changed, Ryerson University President of Toronto said, after the demonstrations. honor Natural Children 215 whose bones were found in an old school.
Hundreds of people demonstrated in Toronto on Sunday at remembering and seeking justice for children who attended Kamloops Indian Residential School in the western part of British Columbia late last month.
The statue of Egerton Ryerson, who helped pave the way for the more than 150,000 First Nations, Metis and Inuit children to be separated from their families and forced to attend church-run schools, has been torn down.
The residential schools, which were open from the 1870s to the 1990s, were full of violence and more than 4,000 Indian children are believed to have died there, often as a result of disease.
Mohamed Lachemi, president and vice-chancellor at Ryerson University, said in a statement that about an hour after the last protesters had left, “a car arrived … and blew up an image of Egerton Ryerson”.
“The image will never be restored or deleted,” Lachemi said.
The demolition of the statue came amid calls for the Canadian government, as well as the Roman Catholic Church, which runs a number of residential schools, to take action on the problems the governments have been experiencing in the region.
For years, students and professors at Ryerson University have called for the statue to be removed, and included numerous calls from Canada and other countries to change homes and institutions – and remove the pillars – respect for former people affected by apartheid, such as slavery.
In late August 2020, a statue of the first Prime Minister of Canada, John A Macdonald, who assisted in the construction of residential schools, was torn down from a stadium in Montreal.
Ryerson was in the 19th century and was the chief education officer for what was then Ontario.
According to a reports by the Aboriginal Education Council (AEC) at Ryerson University, “although [Ryerson] did not establish or supervise the establishment of [residential] schools, assisted in monitoring. ”
The report cited a letter sent by Ryerson to the Department of Indigenous Affairs, in which it was written about traditional students: “Nothing can be done to improve and enhance its morale without the help of religion. ”
Local students at Ryerson University said last month that they would start calling the school “X University” in an attempt to “remove Ryerson’s name with this symbol of cultural genocide and genocide for generations”.
“For us, there is no debate about reconciling Ryerson’s legacy. It does not matter that it is the majority of non-Indian historians who send their enthusiastic letters to Egerton. In the opinion of the Cultural scholars, it cannot be reconciled,” he wrote. open letter on May 11.
Meanwhile, Indian communities, as well as school survivors, are reorganizing their long-term interests. Catholic Church apology for its role in the persecution of institutions.
Gerry Shingoose, a 63-year-old school survivor, told Al Jazeera that in addition to apologizing to Pope Francis, he wanted to see the charges against the perpetrators and for the Catholic Church to disclose all records in residential schools.
“I want justice for 215 children and missing children. I want justice for school survivors, ”he said. “As a school survivor, we shared our stories over and over again – and the Catholic Church did not approve or condone what they did to us at school.”
Sunday, Pope Francis showed “pain” upon realizing it Of the remains of 215 Indian children in Kamloops, he did not apologize to those who have been living in schools, their families and their communities.