Hulitan Family & Community Services Society



Hulitan (pronounced “Hull-ee-ton”) is a Coast Salish word. It’s from the Cowichan dialect, meaning “saver of life, life giver.”

Since 2010, Hulitan has helped preserve, unify, and advocate for Indigenous families by supporting healing and fostering resilience through culturally rooted programs and services, and collaboration with community partners. Hulitan empowers Indigenous families and future generations, walking alongside them and using the cultural principles of Respect, Honour, Connectedness, Humility, and Integrity.

Hulitan is committed to providing culturally sensitive and aware programming and services to the Indigenous community. We are aware that urban communities are comprised of many different Nations, therefore, we respect and value the traditional teachings of all Indigenous people.

Our Impact

Hulitan upholds our commitment to support Indigenous children, youth, and families in their healing journeys by offering culturally-rooted and adaptive programming to nurture a sense of belonging, safety, and courage to do the hard work of decolonizing and healing.

Programming includes: the Family Preservation Reunification Program, to assist in reducing the risk of child removal and help strengthen families; the Cultural Early Learning Program, which helps nurture a child’s cultural identity while giving them the necessary skills and tools to prepare them for the education system; the Child and Youth Mental Health Program, offering counseling and support to Aboriginal children and youth aged 0-19 and their families; the Sexual Abuse and Intervention Program; the Cultural Connections Program; and more.

In addition to the day-to-day work, Hulitan also contributes time, energy, and funding to Truth and Reconciliation events such National Indigenous People’s Day, Red Dress Day, National Truth and Reconciliation Day, Bear Witness Day, and more.

We collaborate with other Indigenous agencies and non-Indigenous allies to wrap supports around the individuals, families, and communities we serve.

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Hulitan Family & Community Services Society is a non-profit organization that relies on the generosity of others to operate. Your gift enables us to continue to provide the much-needed programming and services we offer to support and empower Indigenous children, youth, and families.

One of our most recent projects your donation supports is the new Early Years Centre, providing trauma-informed childcare and other services on the grounds of Colwood Elementary School, on the traditional territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən people of the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. The Centre will offer 48 childcare spaces spread out between infant, toddler, and 3-5 year olds. There will also be 25 before and after school care spaces available. It is scheduled to open in January 2024.

Donations from generous supporters are essential for projects such as this and all of the other community-focused services Hulitan provides.

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