220 Cranbrook Street N., 1909

Cranbrook is located within Ktunaxa traditional territory, a 70,000 square kilometre region which includes parts of BC, Alberta, Washington, Idaho and Montana. 

The Ktunaxa Nation government offices are housed in this historically iconic brick building and establish a dynamic Ktunaxa presence in Cranbrook's core. The structure, one of Cranbrook's largest heritage buildings, was built as Central School. The city's first school, originally located right next door to Central School, burned down in 1909, but fortunately the much larger replacement was already under construction. After it outlived its usefulness as a school, the building was bought and renovated by Crestbrook Forest Industries, long one of the area's largest employers. That company had originated as the Sash and Door Company, a mill and logging operation that prospered in the timbered hills around Joseph's Prairie (one name for Cranbrook before it was Cranbrook). 

Ultimately, Crestbrook Forest Industries faltered and was absorbed into a much larger company, which sold the building to the Ktunaxa Nation.