The pinnacle from the statue of Egerton Ryerson that was pulled down by demonstrators Sunday on the college bearing his identify in Toronto has turned up at 1492 Land Again Lane in Caledonia.
The piece confirmed up mounted to a pike on the website on Monday the place a gaggle from Six Nations have been laying declare to land amid a protest in Haldimand County.
A Twitter submit from the group is now welcoming the “heads” of different alleged colonizer monuments.
Execs at Ryerson College have mentioned the monument won’t be “restored or changed,” in a press release on Sunday.
President Mohamed Lachemi revealed the statue was pulled down by a truck about an hour after demonstrations honouring residential college victims ended at 6 p.m.
The statue and the college’s identify have been the topic of criticism for a number of years amid requires Canada to reconcile its historical past of colonialism and remedy of Indigenous folks.
The monument was spray-painted with phrases and had paint splashed throughout the statue during the last week following the invention of the our bodies of 215 kids in a former residential college in Kamloops, B.C.
Skyler Williams, the spokesperson for Land Again Lane protestors, was even seen with the pinnacle in his personal Fb submit.
“Mr. Ryerson is feeling a little bit lonely right here at Landback Lane. He wants a good friend. I ponder if Sir John A McDonald will come for a go to,” Williams mentioned in a Fb submit.
The Caledonia website, positioned close to the Freeway 6 bypass, has been the location of an occupation of the McKenzie Meadows housing improvement which has been renamed “1492 Land Again Lane” by a gaggle that calls itself “land defenders.”
The occupiers declare the undertaking is on unseeded territory that belongs to the Haudenosaunee.
The land defenders have been on the location since mid-July and declare the tract of land was “promised” to Six Nations in 1784 however “unlawfully” offered to a developer by the Canadian authorities in 1853.
The developer of the location, Foxgate Developments Inc., was planning to promote near 200 houses on the stretch of land at Mackenzie Meadows.
In early August 2020, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) started arresting demonstrators on the location after a choose issued a pair of injunctions — one which prohibits folks from trespassing on the development website and one other that prohibits blockades from being arrange on roads in Haldimand County.
So far, police have charged over 50 people related with the occupation with many offences starting from disobeying a courtroom order to mischief to assaulting peace officers.
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