Toronto is in phase two with the rest of Ontario as the province tries to slow the spread of COVID-19
TORONTO, ON- JULY 20 - Protesters threw paint on the statue of Egerton Ryerson outside of Ryerson University. Egerton Ryerson, is recognized as the founder of the school system in Ontario, but was also the architect of the Canadian Indian residential school system. Toronto is in phase two with the rest of Ontario as the province tries to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Toronto. July 20, 2020. A plaque installed in 2018 contextualizes and acknowledges Egerton Ryerson's involvement in the history of residential schools beside the statue of his likeness on Ryerson University campus. The plaque reads, "This plaque serves as a reminder of Ryerson University's commitment to moving forward in the spirit of truth and reconciliation. Egerton Ryerson is widely known for his contributions to Ontario's public educational system. As Chief Superintendent of Education, Ryerson's recommendations were instrumental in the design and implementation of the Indian Residential School System. In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission reported that children in the schools were subjected to unthinkable abuse and neglect, to medical experimentation, punishment for the practice of cultures or languages and death. The aim of the Residential School System was cultural genocide. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
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