The Western Indigenous Pipeline Group (WIPG) is a wholly owned Indigenous company led by Chiefs and community leaders, which represents the communities directly impacted by Trans Mountain Pipeline and Expansion (collectively, Trans Mountain) in B.C. and Alberta. WIPG was formed to acquire a major stake in Trans Mountain for the benefit of Indigenous communities who live along the pipeline. By purchasing Trans Mountain, Indigenous communities will ensure their environmental, community and economic goals are met. WIPG is a local organization with real ties to the people and the lands around Trans Mountain.
The leaders of WIPG are from communities along the pipeline route. We are the only Indigenous-owned entity that is supported by the legal rights and title holders on the Trans Mountain pipeline route, and because of that we will make sure our communities’ interests are reflected in every aspect of our approach.
Chief David Jimmie Chairman and VP Finance
CEO and Director
Chief Michael Lebourdais
Executive VP and Director
President and Director
Chief Russell Chipps
Chief Greg Desjarlais Director
Chief Robert Gladstone Director
Chief Gordon Planes
Chief Arthur Rain
GovernanceThe WIPG board and management team are committed to the highest standards of corporate governance to ensure that decisions are implemented in an effective manner, and that the organization is held to the highest standards of accountability and transparency. WIPG’s governance model supports an Indigenous-owned company that is dedicated to equitable stewardship of the lands and resources, and compliance with governance policies.
The WIPG board structure represents the unique geographic regions of the Indigenous Communities along the pipeline route.
- 1 Chairperson (non-voting)
- 12 Board Members
- Region 1 – Vancouver Island (2 Directors)
- Region 2 – Inlet to Hope (2 Directors)
- Region 3 – Merritt to Hinton (2 Directors)
- Region 4 – Hinton to Edmonton (2 Directors)
- Metis Region – BC and AB (2 Directors)
- Executive reps (2 Directors)
Rights and Title and Why it Matters
Aboriginal rights are collective rights which flow from Aboriginal peoples’ continued use and occupation of certain areas.
They are inherent rights which Aboriginal peoples have practiced and enjoyed since before European contact.
Aboriginal rights exist in law and are enshrined in the Canadian Constitution Act, 1982. They act as distinct and different from the rights of other Canadians.
Aboriginal rights include Aboriginal title, which is a unique communally held property right protected by the Constitution Act, 1982.
WIPG is the only Indigenous ownership entity which will distribute equity to, and has the support of, the legal rights and title holders on the Trans Mountain pipeline route.