Schools of the 1980s and Beyond
Tomekichi Homma Elementary School
Tomekichi Homma (1865-1945) was an immigrant from Japan who arrived in British Columbia in 1883, making him one of the first Japanese settlers in Richmond.
He helped to organize the Japanese fishermen into their own association and, throughout his lifetime, fought for the right of suffrage for the Asian populations - something that didn’t occur until 1949, five years after his death.
He was interned during World War II and died in the Slocan Valley.