About Us

Linda Larcombe PhD

Senior Archaeologist

Linda Larcombe is a broadly trained archaeologist and anthropologist whose research interests include archaeology, molecular anthropology, infectious diseases in contemporary and ancient human populations and cultural resource management. She has worked as a researcher and a consultant specializing in the prehistory and history of Arctic and subarctic Aboriginal Canadian populations. Linda received her PhD in anthropology from the University of Manitoba in 2005. Her research focused on the analysis of the immunogenetics of contemporary and ancient Aboriginal populations in the context of the changes that occurred in the disease environment in North America during the historic period. Currently, Linda works closely with First Nation’s groups on community-based research projects involving archaeological investigations and research into genetic and environmental factors contributing infectious disease outbreaks in northern Canadian communities. In additional to being the Senior Archaeologist with White Spruce Archaeology, Linda is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine, Medical Microbiology, Community Health Sciences and is Adjunct with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Manitoba.

Email: LLarcombe@whitesprucearchaeology.com                    Phone: 204-770-3858

Matthew Singer M.A.

Project Archaeologist

Matthew Singer is an Archaeologist for White Spruce Archaeology Inc consultants in Manitoba. He regularly works with First Nations and mining companies in Northern Ontario. Matthew also currently assists the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Manitoba with their research on Dene populations in northern Canada. Among other things for the U of M, Matthew directed and co-wrote "No Shelter From the Storm: housing and tuberculosis in Lac Brochet" an 11 minute documentary about housing and health problems in a Dene community which has been shown in Europe and across Canada. Matthew has also worked at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem with Dr. Haskel Greenfield (University of Manitoba) and for eThembeni Cultural Heritage in South Africa.

Email: MSinger@whitesprucearchaeology.com                        Phone: 204-791-0870

WSA - Cultural Advisors

Mr. Boyd Mancheese - Tootinaowaziibeeng Treaty Reserve

Mr. Boyd Mancheese lives in Tootinaowaziibeeng First Nation, where he is the local expert on archaeology in the Duck Mountains. He currently acts in an advisory role with White Spruce Archaeology.

Ms. Lizette Denechezhe - Northlands Denesuline First Nation

Lizette Denechezhe is a member of the Denesuline First Nation. She is a caribou hunter, occasionally works as a cultural liaison between the University of Manitoba and her community and is an advisor for White Spruce Archaeology

Mr. Evan Yassie - Sayisi Dene First Nation

Mr. Evan Yassie is an active member of the Sayisi Dene First Nation in northern Manitoba. He is the current Chief, a former Councillor, educator and currently acts in an advisory role with White Spruce Archaeology

WSA - Manitoba Heritage Success Stories

WSA was honoured to be recognized for their work with Tootinaowaziibeeng First Nation in the book, “Manitoba Heritage Success Stories”, by Reid Dickie.

WSA - YouTube Videos