Dr. Amy Trauger has been named the Canada Research Chair in Food Studies at the University of Guelph which is administered through the Fulbright Canada program. With this position, Dr. Trauger will research the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on food insecure populations, particularly rural and indigenous people. Food shortages, due to disruptions in national-scale supply chains are an ongoing characteristic of the pandemic across North America. Shortages negatively impact the already food insecure, and in Canada, more than a quarter of indigenous households are food insecure, compared to 12% of households across Canada. Trauger's prior work with indigenous groups suggests that when they have autonomy to manage their own resources, they develop resilient food sovereign systems. She will investigate whether and how the Covid-19 pandemic impacted food insecure populations and how indigenous groups with food sovereignty goals have responded.