Ryerson Board accepts all Standing Strong Task Force Recommendations, including renaming

September 8, 2021
The Standing Strong (Mash Koh Wee Kah Pooh Win) Task Force’s final report has been presented to Ryerson University’s Board of Governors, and the Board has approved a motion to accept all 22 recommendations. These recommendations include renaming the university, sharing materials that recognize Egerton Ryerson’s legacy, increasing supports for Indigenous and Black scholarship, and providing more opportunities to learn about Indigenous history. The university will be announcing its next steps in the days to come, and has committed to developing an action plan by January 2022. In an editorial for The Star, historian Grandmother Renee Thomas-Hill of the Six Nations of the Grand River wrote that the name change brought relief. “It feels like a prophecy: we were told this day would come,” said Thomas-Hill. “The truth will be known. And with the truth being known, the people will become awake and will make changes.” Ryerson | Ryerson | The Star (ON)