Victoria University students’ council seeks to remove Ryerson’s name from residence, program

February 10, 2019

The student council for Victoria University in the University of Toronto wants to rename the school's Ryerson House residence and Ryerson Vic One programming stream in an effort toward reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. According to The Varsity, both institutions are named after Egerton Ryerson, who is thought to have been a lynchpin for the nationalization of Canada’s residential schools system. In response to potential accusations that the decision is tantamount to political correctness run amok, VUSAC Vice-President External Affairs Devon Wilton said that “the irreparable harms caused by residential schools can never be explained away by changing ‘moral standards.’ We know that what Ryerson did in support of the residential school system was wrong, and we know that honouring his name at Vic is wrong too.” The Varsity (ON)