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By registering in advance to share your IRS experience at the Atlantic National Event, we will be able to support you better. If we know that you wish to make a statement, we can send you details on how to find us, address any concerns and let you know what to expect during the statement gathering process.

Please note that you are encouraged to register in advance and there are no registration fees. Those who are registered will have some meals provided and will have exclusive access to designated rest areas. All those wishing to share their experiences through Statement Gathering will be given the opportunity to do so.

It is also impotant to know that those wishing to share their experiences with the TRC have two options: private statements or public statements. Please indicate on the Registration Form your choice of Public or Private Statement.

Private Statement - This is an opportunity to share your experiences in complete confidence with only a health support worker and statement gatherer in the room. Your statement will be audio or video recorded depending on your preference. There is no fixed time limit on these sessions however there is a recommended 1.5 hour maximum.

Public Statement - One way to make a public statement is to take part in a Commissioners Sharing Panel. These panels allow survivors to share their truth with the Commissioners of the TRC in the main forum of the event. The typical length of allocated time is less than 15 minutes. Advanced registration is needed to make a statement at the Commissioners Sharing Panel.

You can also provide a public statement within Sharing Circles. Sharing Circles are facilitated by members of the TRC Indian Residential School Survivors Committee (IRSSC) and registration is located onsite. Your time to make your presentation will be limited depending on the number of people wishing to give statements. Your statement will be audio and video recorded.

It is important to be aware that registration does not secure
a place to stay during the Event.