Conference Information General Information Conference registration is required for all attendees, participants, and presenters.
Registration with early-bird pricing is now open! Registration links are available at the end of this page.
Pre-Registration Anyone can register early for the Reducing Harms in Atlantic Communities conference to avoid paying a higher registration fees and standing in lines on-site. PRE-REGISTER BEFORE APRIL 1ST! To register online, please complete the two forms linked at the bottom of this page. Register before April 1st for the early bird registration rates.
If you are unable to register online, you can mail the registration form included at the bottom of this page. Please do not re-submit if you have already sent in your registration.
If you require assistance and/or have any questions completing the registration form, please email us at: contact@fasdNL.ca
Onsite Registration On-site registration options will be located on the Marquis Level.
Pre-/Post-Conference Sightseeing and Shopping Activities As part of our conference, we are organizing local half-day (~3-hour) excursions for attendees interested in visiting some of the local St. John’s sights. You can select whether you would like to join these events on the registration form sections below. A cultural showcase will take place on the afternoon on Wednesday May 24th, and a bus tour and group shopping trip will both be taking place in the afternoon on Saturday May 27th. All events/activities will be approximately 2.5 to 3 hours in total from arrival, departure, and return. All events will be taking place at, and/or have pick up and drop off, at the conference hotel; the Alt Hotel, 125 Water Street, St. John’s, NL. For more details, visit the conference website at www.fasdNL.ca/conference.
Pre-Conference Meeting Room Bookings The first day of our conference event, Wednesday, May 24th, also includes optional FASD-related training that attendees can register for. You can select to register for the training or book a meeting room space for these purposes in the online conference registration payment system. A copy of the registration form and payment page are also available at the bottom of this page.
NOTE: These events are all optional and can be selected individually on the registration form. There is a fee associated with all of the above additional booking/registration/sightseeing options. For attendees/participants who register for all 3 days of the conference, these activities are included in the price/rate you pay.
If you have any questions about any of these, please email the conference organizers at: contact@fasdNL.ca
Conference Start and End The Reducing Harms in Atlantic Communities conference will include a number of sessions including panels, roundtables, posters, and talks/speakers. We encourage you to arrive as early in the week as possible to get settled, enjoy the pre-conference training and/or cultural events on Wednesday and stay for the post conference events through Saturday.
Onsite conference registration will be open the morning of Thursday, May 25th and each morning for the duration of the conference, from 8:00am to 9:30am. The conference officially gets underway on Thursday, May 25th, with an opening conference talk commencing at 8:30am; a light breakfast will be provided. Official presentation, demonstration, roundtable, and other event sessions will begin at 9:30 a.m., commencing at the same time each morning, and the conference will end with a closing lunch and talk on Saturday, May 27th from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. This will be followed by the guided bus tour or group shopping trip for those who are interested and have registered. Lunch will be provided each of the three days (i.e., Thursday to Saturday) of the official conference. There will also be coffee/tea/beverage stations and health breaks each morning and afternoon between sessions. Light snacks and beverages will be provided and available at the Friday evening session of the conference.
The conference website and program will contain more information on local places to eat and visit.
Registration After April 1 or Onsite Poster and Networking Session There will be a poster and networking session at the conference on the evening of Friday May 26th. This will be taking place during the events on this night and will be clearly identified/marked in the conference program and at the conference event. To participate in this exchange, either seeking volunteers and/or employees, or vice versa, select this option and provide the requested information on your registration form.
Quiet Zone Information In addition to health/recharge break in between the sets of morning and afternoon sessions, there will also be a designated quiet area where attendees/participants can go to spend some time in calm and quiet, either during these breaks and/or as desired at any time throughout the conference. There will be clearly visible signs and information provided about the Quiet Zone at the conference venue.
Early / Pre-Registration Before April 1 1-day student ($40) 2-day student ($70) 3-day student ($120)
1-day standard ($90) 2-day standard ($150) 3-day standard ($200)
Note: lived = lived expertise/experience as a person diagnosed and/or living with FASD and/or as a parent/caregiver of persons with FASD.
*All registration options include the meals (e.g., coffee/tea break and lunch) that are provided for that day of the conference. All of the 3-day registration package options also include access to the cultural showcase and bus tour or shopping trip. The one- and two-day registration options can have the cultural showcase and/or bus tour or shopping trip included for a small additional fee (added below).
Preliminary Program and Presenters’ List A preliminary program and a list of presenters will be made available as soon as possible and can be accessed via the online conference page and program at www.fasdnl.ca/conference.
Secure Your Hotel Room Attendees and participants can reserve hotel rooms at our host hotel, The ALT Hotel: $179/night (CAD, plus tax) single & double occupancy. There is a conference booking/discount code that all attendees/participants will automatically receive in an email confirmation upon completing their registration; please make note of this if you are planning to book a room at the hotel. To book by phone: 1.844.625.0123 (toll free); 709.383.2125 (local), and reference booking code "FASDNL23". To book online, please visit, https://bookings.travelclick.com/100677?groupID=3747677&hotelID=100677#/guestsandrooms. See more at: https://www.germainhotels.com/en/alt-hotel/st-johns Rooms should be booked by April 23, 2023, to obtain the group discount.
Guiding Principles for Collegial and Ethical Practice Territory Acknowledgement In preparing for attendance and participation at the Reducing Harms in Atlantic Communities conference, it is important to begin by acknowledging the territory on which we will gather for this event as being the ancestral and unceded territory of a diverse number of Indigenous groups, and we acknowledge with respect the diverse histories and cultures of the Beothuk, Mi’kmaq, Innu of Nitassinan, and Inuit of Nunatsiavut of this province. We strive for respectful partnerships with all the peoples (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) of Newfoundland and Labrador as we search for collective healing and true reconciliation, and honour this beautiful land together.
This territory acknowledgement is to encourage thoughtful reflection throughout the events that comprise this meeting, to disrupt settler colonialism, and to act as a reminder of the generosity of Indigenous peoples for sharing the land with visitors. It is also a commitment to learning, exercising accountability and respect, and a commitment to being part of meaningful change through a process of reconciliation and healing with Indigenous Peoples, as we learn together as attendees and participants of this event and through the efforts of fasdNL.
Introduction As an organization, fasdNL upholds a number of guidelines and practices to ensure collegial and ethical interactions in all of our work, and extending to the Reducing Harms in Atlantic Communities conference. Members of fasdNL are committed to enhancing the general well-being and ensuring the safety of our communities, societies, and of the groups and individuals living and working within them. We all have an obligation to avoid causing intentional or unintentional harm through various forms of social injustice such as discrimination, oppression, harassment, or retaliation. Everyone is unique and although we may sometimes act in ways that may seem different from others, this does not warrant intrusion or any forms of antagonism or aggression; instead, we first seek understanding and acceptance. We remind all participants during the conference events of this philosophy and guiding principles, and that these will be upheld so that all its members enjoy a welcoming environment. Any attendees/participants who do not abide by these principles will be asked to remove themselves from the area and will be offered supports and resources as identified as helpful.
Application This policy applies to all participants in any and all of the Reducing Harms activities, including but not limited to event attendees, participants, experts, professionals, students, guests, staff, contractors, exhibitors, in any sessions, on tours, and during any other social events organized by fasdNL for this event and/or any other activities or future events.
Expected Conduct All participants at the Reducing Harms conference events are expected to abide by these guidelines for respectful and safe interactions at all times throughout all meeting venues, including ancillary events as well as official and unofficial gatherings. We wish to reinforce the norms of personal and professional respect that are necessary to promote the conditions for open discussion and dialogue and the free exchange of information and knowledge. If you experience or directly witness potential harm to a conference attendee or participant, please be proactive to mitigate that harm and situation (as you are comfortable and able) and/or contact someone on site as part of the conference organizing committee and/or email contact@fasdNL.ca.
Unacceptable Conduct Any physically or verbally threatening acts and/or disorderly or disruptive conduct will not be tolerated. Harassment, including verbal comments relating to disability, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, or other protected statuses, will not be tolerated. We also do not and will not tolerate any inappropriate (e.g., sexual) images shared/displayed in public spaces, any deliberate intimidation or stalking, unauthorized or inappropriate photography or recording, inappropriate physical or verbal contact, and/or any unwelcome attention, sexual or otherwise.