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Friends of Egerton Ryerson

Our mission is to advocate for and publicize an awareness and appreciation of the life and work of Egerton Ryerson, on the basis of scholarly research, and to restore and defend his reputation.

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We aim to restore the reputation of Egerton Ryerson against erroneous /slanderous claims. Projects are planned that will require funding, some little, some much more.

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We aim to restore the reputation of Egerton Ryerson against erroneous /slanderous claims. Projects are planned that will require funding, some little, some much more. For example, a full-page ad in the Toronto Star is approx $5,000-7,000, and the Globe and Mail at 30,000. Half pages for both somewhat less but not as effective. Public events with zoom connections, to present the real Egerton Ryerson are under consideration and would require more modest funding, open meetings, podcast, and, webinar.
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Ryerson Statue

Did You Know?

That Ryerson had NO connection with the harmful system, brought in after his death, but instead supported the voluntary, bilingual (Ojibway and English) schools that Indigenous leaders themselves wanted. They (and he) wanted better economic opportunities for Indigenous people and the ability to communicate with government officials and settlers. Bilingual schools made sense.
Indigenous people were at a low ebb when Ryerson went to live with the Missisaugas of the Credit in 1826. They had lost most of their land, their numbers were down (the Ojibway had lost 60% of their people) and alcohol had become a serious problem. Ryerson helped them with economic development. He had been a “farm boy” and taught them sustainable farming and carpentry he had learned at home.

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