Good Medicine Project

Good Medicine Project Report

Final Report

BIPOC members of Canadian society, including the faith community, build mental-wellness strategies to strengthen personal resilience.  Phase one, writing, and planning, followed video production, all of which took place during stage two lockdown in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). From song lyrics to autobiographical reflections, seeds of upliftment are planted to produce a harvest of heart connections to develop perspective and spiritual hardiness, to weather various conditions arising from the global pandemic, and for inspiring people to do their utmost to nurture and care for themselves. The grant opened a door for us to establish supply-chain distribution partnerships with other groups who serve the same underserved populations impacted by COVID-19 that comprise participants of The Good Medicine Project.

Observable Changes in Behaviour

Participants Were Encouraged to Break Out of Their Comfort Zone & Try Something New Artistically:

1. Positively channelling discontent into various artistic avenues of storytelling expression, including but not limited to:

a) Short Stories

b) Video Anthology

c) Lyrics

A specific activity, a protest song against systemic racial injustice which addresses the issue being highlighted with a spotlight at centre stage throughout the pandemic--shows genuine change in behaviour on the part of one participant whom instead of creating a work of art and keeping it quietly locked away in her portfolio, reached out to the larger community and entered it into an open call for projects.

Disavowing violence or destructive civic engagement, we sent our Good Medicine Project ambassador-participant to apply to the Power to The People Trinity Square call for protest songs. The video, called Better Days received an honorary reception for the Nuit Blanche, October 3, 2020 worldwide screening by Zoom in Toronto. 

Participants in this, Good Medicine Project, activity had their minds opened to appreciate the importance of building strategic stakeholder relationships to advocate for racialized and underserved populations to have a voice at the table in programming which directly affects them.

Based on written feedback, we can say that the change is one from alienation from self-actualization to individuals experiencing and acting on personal empowerment.

Participants are encouraged that their stories can be heard and can make a difference by resonating with others in society. By seeking constructive outlets for talking about discrimination or human rights abuses, underprivileged people are given a powerful, video, platform as a means to focus on building allies to help effect positive change in society.

The Emergency Community Support Fund provided capital to create the Good Medicine Project for mental-health healing.  Embracing Faith, Arts & Culture opens a door of opportunity for marginalized groups and underserved communities across the Greater Toronto Area, to help themselves and each other to heal through intentional self-care. 

The Make Your Story Your Song, module featuring participants, ŻÖË, and Zain and nine others showcases videos about empowering the individual to withstand interpersonal and institutional oppression: Friend and Better Days are distributed worldwide.

Sharing Stories. Building Faith.

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