The pilot cycle of the People’s Healing Fund raised almost $28 000 in the first half of 2020. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we redistributed $13 200 of the money raised through our Emergency Fund to Black, Indigenous, and POC healing workers, body workers, and sex workers, many of whom were barred from government supports. The rest of the money raised was redistributed as originally planned. 18 working-class BIPOC healing practitioners received funds allowing them to sustainably subsidize their services, increasing access to healing for marginalized people.
We are currently on pause gearing up for our Fall 2020 Cycle.
The launch of this project is made possible by the Freedonia grant.
Who We Are
The People’s Healing Fund is a multiracial, mixed-class collective of politicized healing practitioners and community members based in Tkaronto (Toronto) and Southern Ontario, territory governed by the Dish with One Spoon wampum.
Redistribute economic resources to:
Increase access to healing practices of marginalized communities including Black, Indigenous, people of colour, queer, trans, Deaf, disabled, migrant, drug users, sex workers, cash-poor, and working class people
Build up the capacity of healing practitioners to care for our own communities and support sustainability for practitioners
Ease the pressure off individual practitioners to offer low-cost/free services
Build a community-based model of economic redistribution
Create alternative economies of care that center our relationships and wellbeing, as well as the lived realities, experiences, and wisdom of marginalized people
Create space for open dialogue around class and access to healthcare and healing amongst practitioners
Economic Justice is integral to Healing Justice: access to healing shouldn’t be limited to those who can afford to pay. Sustainable movements require us to support healing as an essential part of organizing work.
We live in increasingly economically polarized times. This is one avenue for those with economic wealth to redistribute funds to economically oppressed folks.
The kinds of community-based healing practices that many marginalized folks use and need are usually not funded by government or social organizations, or require jumping through hoops and invasive processes for access.
Accountable to community, not funding bodies or institutions.
Meeting immediate needs: costs are often prohibitive for folks seeking out therapy, massage, acupuncture, herbal support, and culturally-relevant care. We want more marginalized folks to have more access.
Based on collective organizing not hierarchical structures.
“Because your liberation is bound up with mine” (Lilla Watson); “Either everyone is healing, or no one is” (Chester Mainard via M’kali-Hashiki)