Recognise was commissioned for the 130th Anniversary of the St Andrew’s Cathedral School in Sydney, by music specialist Kate Robertson.
The school has a strong connection to Indigenous community, and engages Aboriginal teachers to educate Indigenous students in language and culture. Paul and Kate felt that this would be a nice way to honour the school – to recognise the importance of Aboriginal culture in Australia. During this time, Australia is on the eve of a constitutional change, the “Recognise Campaign”.
The recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution would acknowledge the longer span of history in our country, which extends back tens of thousands of years through the oldest living cultures on the planet. It would recognise what is the truth of our history. That achievement can inspire every Australian today and it’s the rightful opening chapter of our nation’s shared story. RECOGNISE acknowledges the Traditional Owners across the nation. We honour them as the custodians of the lands and waters and Australia’s ancient cultural knowledge.
“We are the first Australians. It’s up to all of us to come together and acknowledge and recognise this. We have the longest continuing culture in the world. Aboriginal culture doesn’t just belong to Aboriginal Australians. It belongs to all of us.”
Millie Ingram, Wiradjuri Elder