The new mural was officially unveiled by the University of Notre Dame as part of the Recognise This campaign, which aims to create united support for a referendum that will recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Constitution. Recognise This campaign co-ordinator Peter Dawson said the faces were all local students, business owners and community members and that the mural was the first of many expected to go up all around Australia.
‘Each time we paste a new face on the streets of cities around Australia, we recognise each other’s humanity and lay the foundations for a more unified future together,’ he said.
‘This isn’t just the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, it’s Australia’s history.
‘The truth is that we are the sum of all these parts as Australians and for as long as one of those parts is missing from our Constitution, we will be incomplete.’
Notre Dame Pro Vice Chancellor Selma Alliex said the university had been committed to providing support for reconciliation through educational initiatives and mentoring groups.