The construction of a new childcare centre on the grounds of Colwood Elementary School was kicked off with a special ceremony earlier this summer. The new childcare centre will be operated by Hulitan Family and Community Services Society and is the first Indigenous-specific, trauma-informed childcare facility in the Capital Region. It will include 48 spaces for infants, toddlers, and 3-to-5-year-olds, as well as 25 before and after school care spaces. “As a school district we’ve partnered with Hulitan, we applied to that new spaces funding and it comes to the school district,” said Scott Stinson, superintendent of the Sooke School District. “We own the land, we’re building the building, and we’ll give a long term lease for operating the facility to Hulitan.” As a result of the partnership, the Hulitan society will only pay for the operating costs to run the facility, keeping fees low for parents.