Tashme Historical Society
TASHME MUSEUM NIKKEI SURVIVOR WELLNESS TOURS.
The Tashme Historical Society aims to facilitate and host Japanese Canadian seniors’ day trips to the Tashme Museum for dedicated private tours. These day trips would include a boxed bento-style lunch, pre-determined of the individual’s dietary preferences and needs in advance. The private tours would be hosted by the curators of the Tashme Museum. The Tashme Historical Society has spoken to the facilitators of three locations: Robert Nimi Nikkei Home, the Vancouver Tonari Gumi, and the Steveston Japanese Canadian Seniors Association who have agreed to assist in managing the tours and ensuring senior participation.
Transportation will be included in these day trips. A smaller style, twenty-four passenger tour bus would be used for transportation and tour dates would be predetermined and arranged with the pick-up locations. Survivors, including any needed caregivers and/or volunteers would be picked up from the Robert Nimi Nikkei Home, Vancouver Tonari Gumi and the Steveston Japanese Canadian Seniors Association. Additionally, access to eating and washroom facilities would be provided.
The Tashme Museum is hoping to be able to host at least six tours over a two-month period in the Summer of 2022. For example, depending on senior participation numbers, there could be two tours from the Robert Nimi Nikkei Home, two tours from Tonari Gumi, and two from the Steveston Japanese Canadian Seniors Association. These are private tours that go in-depth on the history of Tashme and the internment through tours of the museum, the replica shack, the Tashme RCMP Administration building, the Tashme Kindergarten School House, the Tashme “Apartments” and several other grounds related to the internment. We estimate the tour will be approximately three hours total, not including travel time. Senior health and wellbeing during tours will be taken in consideration and tour timelines can be adjusted.