New Glasses Designed by Ojibwe Artist Donald Chretien Named for Dr. Bonnie Henry and Adrian Dix

See kind, see calm, see safe.

Folks looking to step up their glasses game can now get frames named after our province’s healthcare leaders. Aya Optical has just released an eyewear capsule with two new styles: the Bonnie and the Dixon. The glasses both feature the artwork of iconic Ojibwe artist Donald Chretien.

 The Bonnie style ($175) showcases Chretien’s loon. Aya Optical says this is because the loon is “noted as a great listener and proud speaker for others.” It’s a subtle cat-eye frame with a whole lot of personality (and certainly makes a statement from six-plus feet away). The glasses come in three colour combinations: matte black and gold, matte purple and silver and matte blue and silver.


The Dixon ($175) features a bear, chosen for the bear clan’s status as “guardians of the downtrodden” and for their knowledge of plants and medicine. The frames are a bold, modern take on a retro style, and are also available in three colours: matte black and gold, matte blue and silver and satin red and black.

Aya Optical is donating $10 from each sale of Bonnie and Dixon glasses to the Pacific Association of First Nations Women (PAFNW) Scholarship fund, and awarding the first scholarship of $2500 in March 2021.