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Friday, October 19, 2012

Tashme Project: Mapping a Community

To download the Tashme Project Info Questionnaire, please click the following link:

Tashme Resident Info Questionnaire

For further information about the Tashme Project, and where to send completed questionnaires, please read on…

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Volunteers – and former Tashme residents – study the Tashme map.

Recently, volunteers with the Archives Committee of the Japanese Cultural Centre in Toronto, partnered with the Nikkei National Museum in Burnaby, B.C., have launched an exciting new project to engage the nikkei community, utilizing an object within the JCCC’s archives.  Sedai is very excited to support this project, and invites the community to become involved!

Initiated by a group of former Tashme residents, volunteers are attempting to identify anyone who lived in Tashme during the interment and relocation years, utilizing a large map of Tashme and the surrounding area from the JCCC archives.  In doing some background research, the Tashme Project has learned that some cabins held two families, larger families overflowed into other cabins, and after repatriation some families who’s intention was to leave for Japan moved into residences vacated by the families who were moved to other holding centres.  Each cabin and room could have its own story!

What initially started as a simple project to put names to a map, has blossomed into a two-page questionnaire which we are hoping will capture pertinent information about the Tashme internees.  Both centres plan to invite members to complete the questionnaire, with the collected information going into one database.  It is our hope that through news articles and word of mouth, former Tashme residents will help us with our collection of data by completing the questionnaire.

If you, or someone you know, lived in Tashme at any point in time, please download the questionnaire by clicking the link above. Completed questionnaires can be sent to:

The Heritage Committee, Tashme Project
c/o JCCC
6 Garamond Court
Toronto, M3C 1Z5

Or via email to either:

Jan Nobuto (Toronto), Heritage Archiving Committee

Linda Reid (Burnaby), Nikkei National Museum

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at: heritage@jccc.on.ca or 416-441-2345 ext. 227.

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