|Glen-Vince Papatie, 19, died of hypothermia and was devoured by dogs in Lac-Simon, Que. (Handout photo)
LAC-SIMON, QUE. - Nineteen-year-old Glen-Vince Papatie went unnoticed in life and in death.
He had dropped out of school and had alcohol problems.
Locals in his native reserve of Lac-Simon, Que., about 150 km north of Montreal, saw him stumbling along the streets the night he died, but they did nothing.
On Dec, 17, 2010, Papatie drank for 24 hours straight; local kids found his half-naked body in the snow, his neck and chest devoured by stray dogs.
The tragic death of Papatie was kept quiet for two years - until QMI Agency obtained the coroner's report.
Most of the members of the community of 1,165 people still refuse to talk about what happened. Neither the band council nor the local police would give QMI Agency a comment.
The night Papatie died he went to a party at a home in Lac-Simon. The coroner's report states that he was kicked out because of his drunkenness. Angered, Papatie, smashed the glass of the front door, injuring his right arm.
Papatie left for the medical centre in a drunken stupor, not realizing it was closed. He was topless and the temperature that night was -10 C.
Lise Bastien, head of the First Nation Education Council, said she's not surprised no one tried to help Papatie that night.
"Locals said that (Papatie) was drunk that night like he often was," she said. "It's very sad, but in poor areas, violence is normalized because we have been living it for several generations."
Surveillance footage outside the clinic shows Papatie banging on the clinic's window just before 4 a.m. He then moves out of the camera's view.
Hours later, two children found his mutilated body behind the clinic.
Stray dogs had ripped his chest open.
The community has had a long-standing problem with errant dogs, which are hungry and largely left to roam wild.
After Papatie's death, 200 dogs were sterilized and vaccinated and about 100 were expelled from the community. However, the number of stray dogs in Lac-Simon continues to climb.
None of Papatie's friends contacted by QMI Agency wanted to talk. Neither did Papatie's mother, Fanny. She said her son's dead "still hurt too much."
Only the head of Papatie's former school spoke.
"We hope that this never happens," Michel Cloutier said. "But we can't do anything. All we can do is pay tribute to him and to all the other young people who suffer, who stopped going to school and who feel helpless."