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A long canoe trip, across difficult rivers and unfamiliar trails, discovering plants, animals, and country vistas we had long dreamt of seeing, anticipating congenial conversation around the nightly campfire before contemplating the starry sky. Canoe-camping— a way of life among many of the Amerindian peoples—along with hill-walking and mountaineering, is one of those sports which most deeply satisfy the need for belonging. What is real is fully present there, in all its forms: the earth, the sky, people; so too are the three kingdoms: the mineral, the vegetable, and the animal. And, above all, time, the very core and soul of space is there as well. There, I was pushing myself beyond my limits out of a longing for beauty. There, comparison took its gentle form—emulation, and not its aggressive form—competition. There, at the end of the day, I was inspired by the living environment, not motivated by the will to break a record nor by “the will to dominate the podium.”

Jacques Dufresne
It is to be feared that the principal effect of modern sport, which is also a spectacle, a show, is nothing more than a way of exposing people to publicity and making them ever more passive consumers. One thing is absolutely certain: They don’t participate in the sports that they watch. Walking, gardening, doing exercise at home, swimming, bicycling, and jogging, in that order, are the...
Victor Lachance
De nombreuse institutions sur lesquelles nous nous reposions pour socialiser ont été ébranlées au cours des dernières décennies, que ce soit la famille, l’église ou l’école. À tort ou à raison, le sport communautaire est maintenant perçu par la plupart des Canadiens comme le second lieu après la famille pour la transmission de valeurs aux enfants.



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The editor of L'Encyclopédie de L'Agora and well known newspaper chronicler and philosopher, analyses actuality through the looking glass of Belonging.
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