Ecko was born into the Nlaka’pamux Nation and raised with the shishalh Nation. She now lives, works and plays on the traditional territories of the Pentlatch, Snaw-Naw-As and Snuneymuxw First Nations. She is a performing artist working through the disciplines of spoken word, rap and singing. She is also a multimedia digital artist working through the mediums of music, sound and video production.
In 2016 Ecko graduated from the Art Institute of Vancouver with a diploma in Professional Recording Arts. In 2017 she received the Fred Sheratt MusiCounts Award for Outstanding Recording Arts and Sciences in Toronto, ON. In 2019, Ecko founded Sacred Matriarch Productions.
Ecko is the daughter of a residential school survivor and cycle-breaker for her two young sons. She utilizes her art as a method of healing from intergenerational traumas and believes in using every opportunity to address the dark history Canada was built on. She continues to find new ways that intertwine her love for culture and art including workshop creation and facilitation, program development, art installations, presentations as well as cultural performances and hip-hop shows.
Finding A Name...
March 2019, I was brainstorming ideas for my business. I often receive projects, inspirations, new paths through meditation. Matriarch was the word that continued to show up. I shuffled around Matriarch Media and a few other names but none of them quite sat right. I closed my eyes and silenced my mind chatter. Sacred Matriarch Productions came to me. I was hit with instant goosebumps and a petrifying fear at the responsibility just carrying that name would hold. So I did what any one else would do.. opened Facebook to mindlessly scroll because I was obviously way in over my head in big ambitious dream-world.
I opened my feed to this photo of my great-great grandmother Suilinek on Native American History. I had seen it several times but this time I was drawn to click on the comments where I found a recent comment from someone saying he had recordings of this woman from a wax cylinder. I immediately messaged him to hear it. So there I was in 2019, looking at a digital photo of my great-great grandmother, listening to her sing the owl song (represents messenger of change) from my home territory. I bawled my eyes out!
In all the doubts I’ve ever had in myself, I’ve never had a clearer message come through from my ancestors. “It’s time and we’ve got you”.
Sacred Matriarch Productions was born, my passion project, my heart and soul with a vision to make a difference. 🦋