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The Executive of the General Council of The United Church of Canada issued an apology on November 20 for its role in separating mothers and their babies in maternity homes it operated from the end of World War II to 1980. “Women told us that they felt, pressured, coerced, or forced to give up their babies and the church recognizes it participated in the culture of shame that surrounded unmarried mothers at that time,” says the Rev. Daniel Hayward, chairperson of the church’s Theology and Inter-Church Inter-Faith Committee that recommended the apology. Read the full news piece.

Catherine Rodd
Executive Minister, Communications
The United Church of Canada