Source: (2002) ILB 4. Indigenous Law Bulletin. 5(14): 7-10. Downloaded 16 November 2005.This paper examines mediation in an Aboriginal context. It raises the familiar question asked by many practitioners and academics: when dealing with conflict in Aboriginal communities, is the western concept of mediation applicable? Or are Aboriginal community values and dynamics so different from the mainstream, that the application of mediation becomes cumbersome or culturally insensitive? To answer these questions we must examine the principles of mediation in the context of contemporary Aboriginal culture. Author's abstract.