Ryerson president, Indigenous historian share reactions to Ryerson’s name change

August 31, 2021
Two pieces from The Star discuss the decision to change Ryerson University’s name. Ryerson President Mohamed Lachemi explains that the name change and the decision to adopt all of the Standing Strong Task Force’s recommendations is a step forward. “A name change is more than symbolism; it is an opportunity to take real action that will, in even a small way, help to address a national wrong,” says Lachemi. Indigenous historian Grandmother Renee Thomas-Hill of the Six Nations of the Grand River writes 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.” The Star (Lachemi) | The Star (Thomas-Hill) (ON)