Published Saturday, July 18, 2020 11:07AM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, July 19, 2020 2:41AM EDT
A group of about 30 to 40 people gathered at Ryerson University this morning to attend the rally, organized by Black Lives Matter-Toronto.
Protesters wrote the words “defund," "disarm," "dismantle" and "abolish” on the pavement near a statue of the university's namesake, Egerton Ryerson, who is widely believed to be one of the architects of Canada’s residential school system.
“Tear down monuments that represent slavery, colonialism and violence,” read a sign affixed to Ryerson’s statue, which was splashed with pink paint.
The group later marched to Queen’s Park, where statues of John A. Macdonald and King Edward VII were also doused in paint.
"Defacing the monuments and having the art display done is actually I think a really good way of showing Canada's long-standing history of violence of both Black and Indigenous communities on these lands," one protester told CP24 on Saturday.
"It is to show that because the police have such a long-standing history of violence, there is a better way that we can care for our communities."