Keith Iron was found dead in a yard Saturday near his cousin's after being attacked by as many five stray dogs, his aunt, Cynthia Iron Ballantyne, said.
"He almost made it" to safety, Ballantyne told the Saskatoon Star Phoenix in a story published Monday.
"He was smart. He was very loving to everyone," Ballantyne said of her nephew, adding he was at the top of his class and never missed school.
Residents of the reserve have been attacked previously by stray dogs.
"There's an overpopulation here," Ballantyne said of dogs on Canoe Lake First Nation, located about 215 miles north of North Battleford, Saskatoon.