File RG 12.198 - Messages of protest at former site of Egerton Ryerson statue

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Messages of protest at former site of Egerton Ryerson statue

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RG 12.198

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  • 2021-07 (Creation)
    Stef & Ethan
  • 2021-07 (Creation)
    Office of the President

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52 colour photographs (jpg)

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File contains photographs taken on campus of spray painted messages related to Egerton Ryerson and his role in Residential Schools in Canada. The messages were created in response to the discovery of the remains of 215 children at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School located on the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation. On June 6, 2021 after a march and rally in Toronto, the statue of Egerton Ryerson was pulled down. The plinth it sat on was later removed by the University.
The photographs were commissioned by the Office of the President and were taken after the statue was pulled down and the plinth was removed. The photographs are of the messages of protest that were spray painted and chalked on the walls of Kerr Hall, the sidewalk and road in front of where the statue was located, on the stones in Lake Devo, and on the walkways in the Kerr Hall Quadrangle. There are also photographs of the areas around where the messages were located - Gould Street and the Kerr Hall Quadrangle.

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The content and subject of these photographs may be difficult and upsetting for some. The following counselling resources are available to those who may need them:

Indigenous Traditional Counselling Services available through Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services

Ryerson students can learn more about services available to them at the Ryerson Centre for Student Development and Counselling

Ryerson Employees seeking counselling should access the employee assistance program for resources and counselling

Emotional, cultural and professional support services are also available to survivors and their families through the Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program.

A National Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former residential school students. You can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-Hour National Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419

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