Developing a series of networks to efficiently connect appropriate outlets to clean drinking water is an incremental process requiring the integration of several important spatial and non-spatial variables. A GIS based model will be built with these integrated variables to help design the most cost-effective water transport network possible. The stated research objectives will guide the workload of the project and enable the timely creation of a practical model.
This project serves as a model outlining a method of connecting locations to a centralized water distribution plant and is applied to the Six Nations of the Grand River community's current effort to distribute water from their treatment plant to their residents. This project is not, however, intended as a solution. It rather serves as a tool that could be used by the Six Nations in conjunction with the Canadian government.
The colonization of the Indigenous peoples located in what is now known as Canada entailed a purge of indigenous beliefs, language, and other societal aspects in what some refer to as a “cultural invasion” (Friere, 1997). As Canada progresses into an era of reconciliation with its Indigenous peoples, it becomes of pivotal importance to re-incorporate an Indigenous cultural framework into Canadian society. A fundamental aspect of traditional Indigenous knowledge lies in a spiritual relationship with the land, and a perspective of the environment as a whole remains vitally important to Indigenous culture (Robbins & Dewar, 2011). It is our hope that this model, in theory, could be used as a basis for the Six Nations of the Grand River community to develop a water transport system that suits their individual wants and needs as a community.