(webzine “Kultura. Natsyja”, issue 28, November 2021, 79-91, www.sakavik.net)
In spite of geographic distance from the country in which they were born, Belarusians in Canada display the greatest of interest in Belarusian issues. Members of Belarusian Institute of Arts and Sciences in Canada (BINIM, Canada) play a significant role in engendering and disseminating materials on Belarusian themes. BINIM, Canada was founded by Belarusian diaspora in 1968 and continues to fulfill an engaging and significant role. Over the past five years members of BINIM, Canada have written and published books under the following categories: books of collective materials (such Zapisy, Dr. Maryia Paulina Survila: With Belarus in Her Heart); academic publications (Dr. Zina Himlievich, Dr. Piotra P. Murzionak), memorial literature (Piotra P. Murzionak, Ivonka Survila), poetry (Siarhei Panizik, Piotra P. Murzionak, Yuras Shamietska). Published books display robust intellectual abilities of their authors who are guided by a deep sense of Belarusian national consciousness, culture, history and tradition. The books’ themes point to a carefully thought out move towards understanding values of western society and a move away from thinking of the Soviet past. At the same time these authors remain strong proponents of traditional values such as of life itself, dignity, love and one’s desire to see justice prevail. These values are also relevant to western civilization. Books published by members of BINIM, Canada also contribute significantly to cultural life within Belarus itself.