Ringtones to celebrate National Aboriginal Day

On June 21st Canadians are invited to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Indigenous peoples are also known as Aboriginal peoples.

Show your support for the 20th anniversary of National Aboriginal Day and celebrate contemporary Indigenous art by downloading a free ringtone from talented First Nation, Inuit or Métis musicians.

Red River Jig

Métis Fiddler Quartet

Métis Fiddler Quartet is comprised of four siblings: Alyssa, Conlin, Nicholas and Danton Delbaere-Sawchuk. They perform Métis fiddle music passed down by their elders, while drawing on their diverse musical backgrounds. Their goal is to spread awareness about Indigenous culture in a fun and exciting way.

Listen to this talented group play the 'Red River Jig' (the unofficial Métis anthem).

Red River Jig by the Metis Fiddler Quartet (MP3)

Download Red River Jig (MP3, 722 Kb)

Click and hold for download options to your mobile device. iPhone users download directly to your computer by right clicking the link provided, selecting "Save Target As" or "Save Link As" and following the instructions below.

Uja

Boogey The Beat

Boogey The Beat is an Anishinaabe Hip hop producer from Winnipeg, Manitoba. In August 2016, Boogey the Beat will play at Aboriginal Music Week in Winnipeg.

His song 'Uja' featuring Tanya Tagaq, combines traditional Inuit throat singing with a contemporary hip-hop sound.

Uja by Boogey the Beat (MP3)

Download Uja (MP3, 1.22 Mb)

Click and hold for download options to your mobile device. iPhone users download directly to your computer by right clicking the link provided, selecting "Save Target As" or "Save Link As" and following the instructions below.

Intertribal Happy Feet

Cris Derksen

Indigenous cellist Cris Derksen from northern Alberta was nominated for Best Instrumental Album of the year at the 2016 Juno Awards for her third studio album 'Orchestral Powwow'.

Cris collaborated with First Nation drum group Chippewa Travellers in the song: "Intertribal Happy Feet."

Intertribal Happy Feet by Cris Derksen with the Chippewa Travellers (MP3)

Download Intertribal Happy Feet (MP3, 596 Kb)

Click and hold for download options to your mobile device. iPhone users download directly to your computer by right clicking the link provided, selecting "Save Target As" or "Save Link As" and following the instructions below.

Download Instructions

Android

  1. Connect your phone to your computer using a USB cable
  2. From your desktop, select the mp3 you wish to download
  3. When the download window appears, save the file to your ringtones folder in your phone. (Computer > Portable device > Phone > Ringtone)
  4. Unplug your phone from your computer.
  5. From your phone, go to Settings > Sounds and notifications > Ringtones and sounds and select your new National Aboriginal Day ringtone.

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Blackberry

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen once using two fingers, or twice using one finger.
  2. Tap The Settings icon > Sound & notification > Phone ringtone.
  3. Tap a ringtone and then tap OK.
  4. To use a song or a custom sound as your ringtone, move the .mp3 file you want to use to the Ringtones folder on your device.

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iPhone

  1. Right click on "Download here" and select "Save target as" or "Save link as" (depending on your browser) to save the file to your computer.
  2. Launch iTunes on your desktop or laptop computer.
  3. Locate the audio file you just downloaded and add it to your iTunes playlist. Once located in your iTunes playlist, select the song by clicking on it.
  4. After selecting the song, click on "File" at the top of the iTunes window, hover over "Convert" and click "Create AAC Version"."

    *If you cannot see the "File" menu at the top of iTunes window, you may have to press the alt key on your keyboard to have it appear.
  5. Now that you have created the AAC version, you will see it as a duplicate in your playlist. Right click the new AAC you have just created and click "Show in Windows Explorer" (for Mac users it will be "Show in Finder")."
  6. Rename the extension of the file from .m4a to .m4r. Make sure you just rename the extension, not the file. This step is very important. Changing it to .m4r turns the file into a ringtone.

    *If you are using Windows and cannot see the file extension, you will need to navigate to the Control Panel. If you are on Windows 10 you need to click on "File Explorer Options". If you are using a previous version of Windows it will be called "Folder Options". Once there, select the "View" tab and uncheck the box labelled "Hide extensions for known file types." then click Apply. You should now be able to see and rename the extension on the audio file. If you would like to hide your file extensions again after this process is complete, simply check the previously unchecked box again and click Apply. From there you can close the window as well as Control Panel.

    *If you are a Mac user, navigate to your desktop and access the "Finder" menu and select "Preferences". Once there, select the "Advanced" tab and check the box labelled "Show all filename extensions". If you would like to hide your file extensions again after this process is complete, simply uncheck the previously checked box.
  7. Connect your phone to iTunes. Once your iPhone has been detected, click on the Tones option listed under your iPhone. Now navigate back to the .m4r file in your Windows Explorer window (Finder on Mac) and drag and drop it into the Tones playlist that you previously selected in iTunes.
  8. Navigate to about the top of the iTunes window and you will see a small square button with a picture of an iPhone on it. Click on this button to access your device overview. From here, select the Tones menu on the left and sync your new tone to your device.
  9. You can now use your new ringtone on your device.

    ** Please ensure you are running the most up-to-date version of iTunes available to avoid compatibility issues with these instructions.

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