Source: (1995) Canadian Journal of Criminology 37(4):521-545.

This article explores the role of justice in aboriginal communities in Canada, and discusses the growing willingness of the Federal Government to accommodate a more informal, accessible form of local justice for native peoples. The author challenges the conventional wisdom that popular justice and State transformation are in opposition to each other, and that the State is in need of transformation through the activities of popular justice. The article concludes that popular justice is concerned with the potential for transforming communities by responding more realistically and effectively to their needs, inequalities, and conflicts.