Robert Coutts worked as a historian with Parks Canada for over thirty years researching historic sites throughout western and northern Canada. He is the author or co-author of three books on the history of Manitoba including (with Flora Beardy) Voices from Hudson Bay: Cree Stories from York Factory (second edition, 2017), and has published articles and reviews in journals in Canada, the U.S and Great Britain. Robert has studied Indigenous history in the West for many years and is editor of the journal Manitoba History. He has recently completed a doctorate in History at the University of Manitoba.
Christopher McEvoy is an archaeologist, researcher, and professional photographer from Thunder Bay, Ontario. With his first archaeological dig dating to 2009, Chris completed a HBA in Anthropology (2014) with a research focus on the study of gunpowder residues on artifacts recovered from northwestern Ontario. In 2018, Chris graduated from Lakehead’s MES program where he examined the capabilities of consumer-grade sonar for documenting inundated archaeological sites.
As part of the Six Seasons project, Chris has been working with Dr. Scott Hamilton, Professor of Anthropology at Lakehead University, and Kevin Brownlee, Curator of Archaeology at The Manitoba Museum. He is tasked with helping create 3D models of artifacts, as well as performing residue analysis on artifacts associated with the Six Seasons project.
In his spare time, Chris enjoys scuba diving, photographing wild places, and kayaking.
Barbara Mitchell, Department of English, Trent University. Professor Mitchell is the author of the biography of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s first interior surveyor, titled Mapmaker: Philip Turnor in Rupert’s Land in the Age of Enlightenment. The History Team draws on Barbara Mitchell’s expertise with Hudson’s Bay Company Records, especially in regard to ethnographic information on Indigenous Peoples who interacted with the HBC.