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Canadian Nudist History Book Published

Toronto, June 2, 2003

The Federation of Canadian Naturists is proud to announce the publishing of
Au Naturel: The History of Nudism in Canada.

This incredibly thorough historical record was assembled by Dr. James Woycke, a history professor at the University of Western Ontario.

Dr. Woycke spent more than a decade researching the history of Canadian nudism from Newfoundland to Vancouver island and in the USA. He reviewed nearly a century of magazines, records, and correspondence of nudist clubs and organizations. In addition to those thousands of documents, he also interviewed dozens of naturists from Canadian and Canadian-American clubs. The result is a fascinating look, going back to the early 20th century, into the often controversial development of nudism as it challenged Canadian legal and social norms.

A few facts:
*1918* - The earliest club in Welland, Ontario
*1925* - the second club in Edmonton, Alberta
*1930* - The earliest informal vaction camps and freebeaches on Vanvouver Island
*Quebec* - The site of the only prosecution of nudism in Canada. But nudists had the last laugh: after the Quiet Revolution, Quebec became the most liberated province in the country with more and larger clubs and more free beaches than any other region of Canada.

* StÉphane DeschÊnes
Federation of Canadian Naturists
o:(905) 657-8736
c:(416) 219-5856

Interview Requests
Telephone Interviews will be available by booking ahead of time. Dr. Woycke will be in Toronto and available for studio interviews on Thursday June 5 and Friday June 6. Interviews will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis. StÉphane DeschÊnes, president of the Federation of Canadian Naturists will be available at other times for live interviews

Review Copies
A limited number of copies for review will be available to recognized media outlets upon request mailto: media@fcn.ca .

Additional Information
Main Book Website: http:www.NudistHistory.ca
Book Table of Content: http:www.NudistHistory.ca/toc.html
Book Preface: http:www.NudistHistory.ca/Preface.html
Book cover artwork: Book_cover.pdf or Book_cover.jpg (Note: The jpg version is a CMYK file which will not display properly in some programs. CMYK is provided instead of RGB because it is preferable for printed material.)

For background information, visit: http:www.fcn.ca/media

As defined by the International Naturist Federation, Naturism is a way of life in harmony with nature, characterized by the practice of communal nudity, with the intention of encouraging respect for oneself, respect for others and for the environment.

The Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN) , with La FÉdÉration QuÉbÉcoise de Naturisme (FQN) constitute the national nudist organization in Canada. Internationally recognized by affiliation to the International Naturist Federation (INF) , we strive to:
* promote naturism/nudism to Canadians
* help naturists and nudist find how and where they can enjoy the naturist/nudist life
* represent the interests of Canadian naturist/nudist individuals, families, clubs, resorts, and organizations.

The International Naturist Federation (INF) represents naturists in over 30 countries. Founded in August 1953 at the Montalivet naturist resort in France and based in Belgium, it is dedicated to the world-wide acceptance of naturist ideals and lifestyle-recreational social nudism.

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