Egerton Ryerson

“More than any other person Ryerson gave the Ontario school system its particular character, one that, because of his enormous influence in his own generation, would become during the later 19th century a model for most of English-speaking Canada.”

R. D. (Bob) Gidney
Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Education
Western University

Ryerson’s central role in developing Ontario’s public school system from the 1840s through the 1870s led to claims that he was “the architect of the residential school system.”  This claim, though unfair, led directly to the renaming of the university.  Ryerson is another of the historical figures that the CIHE intends to turn its attention to in the months ahead.



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