core values: And as Pride celebrations ramp up, the Museum wants to further bring awareness to the plight of refugees, many of whom are also LGTBQ . In Canada, inclusion and tolerance are considered core values of our democratic society, according to The Chronicle Herald. People who are part of the LGTBQ community in countries where there is no protection for their community from the governing bodies, seeking asylum elsewhere as a refugee may be their only option. This is the underlying message Refuge Canada, a temporary exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, hopes to leave with visitors. The punishment for being gay in Pakistan is either eight-to-10 years in prison, or if the Sharia law is applied to you, it's to be crushed under a wall or stoned to death, says Tehseen Ahmed, who arrived in Canada from Pakistan via Afghanistan in 2010. Begin says that like many LGBTQ refugees, Tehseen's experience was further complicated and that much more dangerous because he is gay, something he was forced to hide for most of his life before making his claim for amnesty in Canada, which was one of the first countries to begin accepting LGTBQ refugees. Tehseen's story is only one of many we have at the Museum, says Ann Marie Begin, Heritage Interpreter. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.