Phil Fontaine, the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, offered a prayer at the start around 10 a.m. AT of the traditional Catholic funeral service at
LeBlanc was governor general from 1995 to 1999. Before that, he was a journalist with Radio-Canada,
Canada's first Acadian governor general was also remembered by his longtime friend and Acadian historian, Naomi Griffiths.
LeBlanc and Griffiths were introduced in 1954, and they often met while they were students in Paris.
Griffiths said that when LeBlanc entered public life, he never gave up the belief that politics matter in the lives of Canadians.
"As an Acadian, he was convinced that Canadian institutions and values allowed individuals to preserve differing and distinctive cultural heritages as part of a vibrant and united nation," Griffiths said.
"He was someone willing to accept that differences of culture, of
LeBlanc, the first Acadian appointed as governor general, died at his home in Grande Digue, N.B., on June 23 after a lengthy illness. He was 81.