The new Department of Lands will be responsible for supporting, managing and administering the sustainable use of public land in the NWT. Many of the northerners who will work for the Department of Lands have been doing similar work for the GNWT and federal government for many years. One of their priority tasks will be to develop and implement a consistent policy framework for land use, including residential leasing, recreational leasing, and land sales throughout the NWT. All new policies of the Department of Lands will be based on the Land Use Sustainability Framework, which was developed after consultation with Aboriginal governments and the public. The GNWT is one partner in an integrated land management system, and will continue to work closely with Aboriginal governments and other partners to make responsible decisions that allow for sustainable land use.