Who We Are Now
Who we were in 2003 bears little resemblance to who we are in 2023. Think of what we wake up to daily: the threat of AI, a housing crisis, a climate emergency, political polarization, and ongoing attacks on marginalized communities. The sum of our societal parts is increasingly troubling. The story of The Walrus is the story, in part, of how we levelled up to tackle that reality.
The theme of Who We Are Now represents a kind of pilgrimage back to our founding idea: to not simply reflect on what various crises teach us but to find some underlying common experience, something that can hold us together in our differences.
Stories from the 20th anniversary issue
Editor’s Letter: Documenting How We’ve Changed
How a Military Base Became a Safe Haven for Endangered Species
Have You Been to the Library Lately?
Life Lessons from Superman
Canada’s Big Flex in Space
Have Assisted Dying Laws Gone Too Far?
Mary Simon Is Leading Indigenous Peoples to New Heights
Read in Inuktitut: ᐊᖓᔪᖃᒻᒪᕆᒃ
The Legend of Zelda’s Wild Landscapes Fill Me with Awe
Who We Are Now
Dispatches from Canadians across the country, in their own words
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The Walrus was conceived as a national project—an attempt to take the measure of this experiment called Canada. The founding editors were answering what they felt was a need for bold narratives, for a magazine that could reflect the country’s aspirational beliefs. As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we might say the gamble paid off. But the table stakes are higher now.
Your participation in the Canadian conversation is more essential than ever. To support The Walrus is to support the value of stories that diagnose not just who we’re not, but celebrate who we are. Can we count on you?
Editors: Dafna Izenberg, Samia Madwar, Harley Rustad, Carmine Starnino, Daniel Viola
Art Direction: Paul Kim, Meredith Holigroski, Celina Gallardo
Web Production: KC Hoard, Monika Warzecha
Head of Research: Allison Baker
Copy Editor: Siddhesh Inamdar
Fact Checkers: Emma Buchanan, Tobin Ng, Lucy Uprichard, Aysha White, Emma Wilkie