for students, by students, since 1981
Student organizations have been a part of university life for as long as the institutions themselves. As times change student organizations adapt to face the issues students need addressing. In 1981 Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) was officially incorporated in Ontario as a not-for-profit organization.
Around the same time the Canadian Federation of Student (CFS) formed from the mergers of smaller student associations across Canada with the goal of uniting student movement in Canada.
Part of the impetus to organize at the time came from the federal government's planned cuts to health and education and the ongoing issue of runaway tuition increases.
Together students decided to create something that could provide student-oriented services and events along with institutional and political representation at the local, federal and provincial levels of government.
LUSU was the thirty-second (Local 32) student organization to join the Canadian Federation of Students and we have worked with them since then to represent the interests of our members on the provincial and federal levels of government.
Opening in September 1991 with a management agreement between the union and the university, the Student Centre's campus pub- The Outpost is owned and operated entirely by the student union and boasts a full service kitchen and a hall licensed for more than 700 people.