Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl says there's little he can do to help an aboriginal lacrosse team at the centre of a passport dispute.
Mr. Strahl says Canada cannot force Britain to accept documents it doesn't recognize, and the government-issued passport is the only document guaranteed to be accepted.
The lacrosse players from Canada and the U.S. have been unable to travel to a world championship in Britain because that government is refusing to recognize their Iroquois-issued passports.
Percy Abrams, executive chairman of the Iroquois Nationals, has said the team's players have never had a problem before with their special passports.
Mr. Strahl was in Winnipeg to announce a new program to help more aboriginals receive skills-training.
The government will spend $210-million over five years to fund projects across the country.