In August 2021, the university announced that it would begin a renaming process to recognize “the harm caused to community members by the ongoing commemoration of Egerton Ryerson, the impossibility of upholding our institutional values while commemorating Egerton Ryerson, and the necessity of advancing reconciliation”, according to the Standing Strong (Mash Koh Wee Kah Pooh Win) Task Force. Therefore, Signify 2022 will refer to the university as
Ryerson X University until a new name is announced. First Nations people. Professional Communication students, staff, and faculty have largely been settlers on this land. This land has historically provided an integral connection for Indigenous Peoples between the Ontario lakeshore and the Lake Simcoe-Georgian Bay region. Toronto or Tkaronto is in the ‘Dish With One Spoon Territory. The Dish With One Spoon is a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share the territory and protect the land.
Acknowledgments do not actually mean anything unless there is action behind them. As a group of mostly settlers, we collectively make this land acknowledgment meaningful in our lives and our relationships with each other. Material covered in Signify 2022 event will theoretically and practically call on social justice action-oriented praxis to examine and impact effective change for a more equitable society.
We want to thank Professor Crow from Procom for sharing traditional knowledge about the land of Turtle Island, also known as Canada, and what we can do to help protect the land and its people moving forward.