Michael Nadli stood in the NWT legislature Monday morning and took full responsibility for assaulting his spouse earlier this year.
The newly re-elected Deh Cho MLA was sentenced to 45 days in jail back in October for assault causing bodily harm.
He was charged following an incident in his hometown of Fort Providence back in April and pleaded guilty to the offence in June.
Shortly after he was sentenced, the 51-year-old was suspended from the legislature, which disqualified him from sitting or acting as an MLA.
In the end, Nadli would only serve an eight-day jail sentence after applying successfully for an early release.
On Monday, he was the first MLA to stand in the legislature to announce his priorities for the 18th Assembly. He concluded his statement by taking full responsibility for the assault.
“I acknowledge that I had an incident that caused pain and hurt to my family,” he said. “I have taken full responsibility for my actions and I made a mistake, I was wrong.
“I’m taking steps to ensure that such an incident doesn’t happen again and I’m taking steps to better myself.
“I’m going forward on a path of healing and wellness. I’m not ignoring the incident.”
Nadli concluded his statement by indicating that the NWT has the highest rates of domestic violence in Canada and that men must stop hurting families.
The public roundtable discussions provided newly elected MLAs with their first opportunity to identify priorities in the legislature.
Later this week, we’ll find out who will serve as the territory’s next Premier and who will form cabinet.