people's healing fund

Redistribution. Access. Solidarity.

The Fund

Cycle 2 of the People's Healing Fund launches on May 30, 2021.

We will redistribute $11,000. 60% of the funds wil go to working-class / cash-poor BIPOC healing practitioners, and 40% of the funds will go to working-class / cash-poor BIPOC folks seeking healing services of their choice.

Qualifying recipients will be chosen via lottery.

image of a person receiving ear acupuncture

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.

Mission

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 redistribution

  • 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.

Mutual Aid

  • 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)

Read on for our Values.