The Clay Project started as a discussion between Visual Artist Beth McCubbin and Aboriginal Youth Worker Kateri Miles, who works at Minwaashin Lodge in Vanier, Ottawa, ON. The intent of the project is to offer free clay workshops to Ottawa's Indigenous Community, to celebrate Community through the creation of a Public Artwork, and as a positive way to be involved in the Canada 150 celebrations.
Minwaashin Lodge is an Aboriginal Woman's Support Centre. Minwaashin Lodge provides a range of programs and services to First Nations, Inuit and Métis women and children (regardless of status) who are survivors of domestic and other forms of violence, and who may also be suffering the effects of the residential school system. All programs and services are provided in the context of cultural beliefs and values to ensure a holistic approach is used as part of the healing journey.