One of OUSA’s major strengths is its ability to provide educated solutions to government in the form of thoughtful and carefully crafted policy. Not only do they form the backbone of our advocacy initiative but they are also at the core of the mission and goals of the organization and contribute to its image as a thought leader in post-secondary education. Throughout its history OUSA has covered topics ranging from high-level vision and system design, all the way down to details of student financial assistance and funding.

Twice a year, members of OUSA from all of its schools come together to debate and approve the policies that will guide the organization for the coming years. The policies are created by students for students and form the basis for all the work we do here.

Indigenous Students

OUSA is currently in the process of rewriting our Indigenous Students policy paper, with the intent to publish the paper in Fall 2021 under the continued leadership and direction of Indigenous student authors . We are taking a new approach that centres Indigenous student leadership and focuses on relationship building to rebuild past harms that are the result of a lack of collaboration, consultation, and inclusion of Indigenous students in OUSA’s policy development and decision-making processes. 


This new approach, led by a team of Indigenous student authors, will guide the development of OUSA’s policy stance and advocacy efforts to address concerns faced by Indigenous students. Read the Report to the General Assembly on the Status of the Indigenous Students Policy Paper, presented in March 2021, to learn more about the process we’re taking and the work done by the authorship team.