Aboriginal communities and crime prevention : confronting the challenges of organized crime


This paper explores the challenges of crime prevention through social development in those Aboriginal communities in Canada that are commonly associated with cross-border activities that comprise a central element of ‘Aboriginal-based organized crime’. Contextualized within historic offending patterns, as well as changes in residence patterns and community culture, cross-border activity emerges as a rational choice for those residing in communities commonly characterized by relatively high levels of social sophistication, development and affluence.