Canadian engineers call for changes to “iron ring” ceremony: Opinion


In a recent article from The Conversation, University of Waterloo Professor Marcel O’Gorman highlights the recent call from Canadian engineers to reimagine the “iron ring” ceremony. The iron ring is a symbol worn by many Canadian-trained engineers, but O’Gormon writes that the ceremony has recently come under fire from the engineering and educational communities for having outdated, harmful worldviews; its inclusion of readings from Christian texts and patriarchal language; and its connection to imperialist Rudyard Kipling. A group called “Retool the Ring” has called for changes to the ceremony to address its past and make it more inclusive in the future. The Conversation Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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